Update: Suspect Arrested for Murder of Four

July 26, 2002

Los Angeles: On May 4, 2002, at 11:15 P.M., detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery Homicide Division responded to the scene of a residential fire at 2833 Lakeridge Drive. The Los Angeles Fire Department extinguished the fire and located four dead bodies, three females and one male, inside the residence.
The fire was reported by one of the residents, 47 year-old Harish Kumar. Mr. Kumar was questioned by the detectives and has been cooperative with the investigation. Mr. Kumar confirmed that he lived at that residence with his wife, son, daughter, and mother.
The preliminary investigation conducted by the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Investigators and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department indicates that the fire may have been arson related.
The deceased victims were identified as Gita Kumar, age 42, Sitaben Patel, age 63, Paras Kumar, age 18, and Tulsi Kumar, age 16.
Based on information and evidence secured as a result of an ongoing investigation, Los Angeles Police Department detectives arrested Carlos Amador on Thursday, July 25, 2002, at approximately 12:00 p.m., in the City of Cerritos, for the murders of four members of the Kumar family. Amador is a 26 year-old male Hispanic, resident of Los Angeles.
The investigation is ongoing and other suspects remain at large.
Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is urged to contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.