Victim Shot Dead, then Robbed NR09206kr

April 28, 2009

Los Angeles:  Two suspects are wanted for the shooting death of an unidentified man, whom they robbed as he lay dying in the street.

On Monday, April 27, 2009, at around 11:50 a.m., an unidentified man, John Doe, was confronted by two suspects as he stood on 53rd Street east of Vermont Avenue.  During the encounter one of the suspects pulled out a gun and pointed it at Doe.

Doe tried to run away from the suspects, but only made it a short distance before one of the suspects fired multiple shots, striking Doe in the back.  Doe fell between two parked cars.  As he lay dying, the suspect who shot Doe then proceeded to search his pockets and rob him, while a second suspect stood watch at the corner.  Both suspects were last seen running northbound through an alley east of Vermont Avenue, then east on 52nd Street.

Doe was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  He is a Hispanic man, approximately 25-years of age.  He had no identification on him and the Coroner is in the process of making a positive identification.

Suspect #1 is as a male, Black, 20-30 years of age, 5 ft. 10 in. to 6 ft. tall, 170 lbs. and was wearing a black, white and red shirt tank top and blue jeans.  

Suspect #2 is a also a male, Black, 15-17 years of age, 5 ft. to 5 ft. 3 in., 140-160 lbs and was wearing a grey sweat shirt.

Detectives believe the motive for the shooting was robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Criminal Gang Homicide Group, 77th Homicide Squad, Detectives Colin Braudrick and Stephanie Hale at 213-485-1383.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “Crimes” with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.