Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police
Department Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) detectives have arrested
an individual in connection with a four year series of violent
crimes, including murder and robbery.
Patrick Watkins began the crime spree in November of 2011 with the
last known incident occurring in December of 2014. During the
series Watkins was responsible for 23 separate incidents including
the November 17, 2011 murder of Nathan “Cassidy” Vickers and the
December 8, 2014 murder of Larise Smith.
Detectives scoured thousands of clues and were able to link Watkins
to the crimes through forensic evidence recovered at the crime
scenes and witnesses’ accounts of the incidents.
On Thursday, October 29, 2015, Los Angeles Police Department SWAT
team personnel served a search warrant at Watkins’ residence where
he was taken into custody without incident on an arrest warrant for
the murder of Nathan “Cassidy” Vickers.
On November 2, 2015 the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s
Office, Major Crimes Division, filed 53 felony counts for Patrick
Watkins’ acts during this four year crime spree. The counts include
two counts of murder and 25 counts of attempt murder.
Patrick Watkins is currently being held on the “No Bail” murder
Anyone with information is asked to call Robbery-Homicide Division
Detectives Chris Marsden or Roger Sandoval at (213) 486-6890.
During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed
to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain
anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS
(800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting
to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell
phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”
Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and
follow the prompts.