Police Administration Building
100 West First Street, 5th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Telephone Numbers (Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 6 PM)
Commanding Officer 213-486-6850
Cold Case Homicide Special Section 213-486-6810
Gang Homicide Unit 213-486-6860
Hate Crimes Coordinator 213-486-6840
Homicide Special Section 213-486-6890
Robbery Special Section 213-486-6840
Special Investigation Section 213-486-6880
Established in 1969 by combining the once separate Robbery Division and Homicide Division, today’s Robbery-Homicide Division is comprised of approximately 60 sworn personnel, 10 civilian support staff, and 20 reserve officers under the command of Captain Scot M. Williams. RHD is comprised of four sections (Robbery, Homicide, Gang Homicide, and Special Investigation Sections), each tasked with investigating or providing surveillance support for a wide variety of select crimes that are often high profile in nature. The sections also serve as liaisons between other law enforcement agencies regarding cases of mutual interest and, when required, orchestrate multi-divisional and/or multi-agency task force investigations.
Noteworthy investigations that RHD has completed or participated in include:
The Tate-LaBianca murders (1969), the Symbionese Liberation Army Shootout (1974) and the S.L.A. Bomb Planting Spree (1975), the “Hillside Strangler” (1977-1978), the “Skid Row Stabber” (1978-1979), the “Sunset Strip Killer” (1980), the Murder of Secret Service Agent Julie Cross (1980), the “Bob’s Big Boy Massacre” (1980), the “Night Stalker” (1984-1985), the Murder of LASD Deputy George Arthur (1985), the Murder of LAPD Detective Thomas Williams (1985), the Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen (1986), the Murder of LAPD Detective Russell Kuster (1990), the O.J. Simpson Investigation (1994), the Murder of Actor Haing Ngor (1996), the Murder of Ennis Cosby (1997), the “North Hollywood Shootout” (1997), the Sante and Kenny Kimes Investigation (1998), Serial Killer Chester Turner (1987-1998), the Robert Blake Investigation (2001), the “Indian Motel” Murders (2002), Golay and Rutterschmidt (1999 and 2005), the “Grim Sleeper” Task Force (2005-Present), LAFD Captain David Del Toro Investigation (2006), the Killing of Michael Jackson (2009), the Murder of LASD Deputy Juan Escalante (2009), the Bryan Stow Beating Investigation (2011), and the Hollywood Arson Series (2011).
The following is a list of the RHD sections and their investigative responsibilities: