Suspect in Mother’s Murder Sought

March 30, 2009

Los Angeles: Homicide Detectives are investigating the murder of a 69 year-old Hollywood resident.

On Sunday, March 29, 2009, at about 3:05 p.m., Erika Scarano was found by Hollywood Division patrol officers in her residence in the 1300 block of North Genesee Avenue suffering from multiple stab wounds.  The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.  

Hollywood Homicide Detectives conducted an investigation and have determined that the suspect is the victim’s 19 year-old estranged son, Christopher Francis Scarano.  He is described as a White male, blond hair, hazel eyes, 6 feet tall, and weighs about 180 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black or grey hooded sweatshirt with a possible green design on the front or back and blue jeans.  

The motive for the murder is not currently known.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Hollywood Homicide Detectives Small or Illig, at 213-972-2910.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website,  All tips may remain anonymous.