Tricia Lynn Metropoulos, a 54-year-old white woman, was killed Saturday, Sept. 19, when she was struck in the head with a bat in the 18000 block of Victory Boulevard in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
The incident was triggered by a dispute between Metropoulos and her son's girlfriend, Los Angeles Police Sgt. James Harper told the L.A. Times.
The girlfriend, Cecelia Bonnie Sharkey, a 26-year-old white woman, was charged with capital murder on Sept. 22, with the special allegation that she laid in wait for Metropoulos and used a baseball bat as a deadly and dangerous weapon, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Harper told The Times that at least three people witnessed Sharkey attack Metropoulos with a baseball bat.
Metropoulos was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead ...
Kevin Orellana, an 18-year-old white male, was stabbed to death Wednesday, April 24, in the 8100 block Vanalden Avenue in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Orellana, an adult school student at West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills, died from a stab wound he received in a fight just before 4 p.m. at Cleveland High School.
Orellana was playing handball when two males –- police say they are suspected gang members –- approached. Orellana got into an argument with one of the two, and it turned into a fight, when Orellana was punched.
As the two fought, the second suspect pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Orellana, police said.
Orellana was not a gang member, police said.
Witnesses reported seeing Orellana’s two attackers escape in a waiting minivan driven by a young woman. Using social media and other methods, police tracked down the alleged attackers ...
Ted Frank Taffolla, a 30-year-old white man, was fatally stabbed Sunday, Sept. 2, in the 18300 block of Strathern Street in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office, said Taffolla was discovered by a passerby about 3:20 p.m.
Authorities were called and the victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m.
Tafolla's preliminary coroner report indicates he sustained multiple stab wounds to the chest.
Anyone with information about the death of Ted Taffolla is asked to contact Dets. Price or Doerbecker at the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Lamar Green Jr., a 28-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, July 24, at the corner of Victory Boulevard and Reseda Boulevard in West Valley, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Green and another 28-year-old man were exiting a convenience store and returning to their car about 1:10 a.m. when an unknown shooter walked up and opened fire, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release.
Green was taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, officials said.
Investigators said they believe that Green was targeted by the the shooter. His friend was not injured.
The suspect is described as a 20- to 30-year-old black or Latino male. He was reported to have fled the scene on foot.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247. Tipsters ...
Sharilit Monique Matthews, a 41-year-old black woman, was found dead Friday, Feb. 10, in the 17800 block of Sherman Way in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post, based on information from the coroner's office, identified the victim as Jane Doe #14.
Officers responded to a call regarding a missing adult Feb. 10., according to an LAPD news release.
Matthews' friends and family had not heard from her in almost a week, officials said.
When authorities arrived at her home, they found Matthews in her bed dead. It appeared she had been dead for several days, police said.
According to preliminary coroner's records, Matthews had an incised wound to the neck.
A cause of death has since been deferred pending additional lab tests, the coroner's office said. Results will not be available for at least six ...
Deverrin Jackson, a 43-year-old black man, was shot and killed Thursday, Nov. 10, in the 19600 block of Sherman Way in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
The attack took place about 6 p.m.
Jackson was struck at least once in the chest when a gunman fired multiple rounds at him, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The assailant then ran away.
Officer Bruce Borihanh said that after the shooting, Jackson was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
It was unclear what sparked the incident.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) LAPD-24-7 (877) 527-3247. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800) 222-8477.
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Margarito Gutierrez, a 32-year-old Latino, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, less than two weeks after he was shot in the 6600 block of Etiwanda Avenue in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Gutierrez died Wednesday afternoon at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office.
The victim was one of two people who were critically wounded Sept. 24 by alleged gunman Alberto Acosta, an 18-year-old Latino, as they sat in a parked car.
Acosta was later fatally shot during a confrontation with police.
An update on the condition of the second victim was not immediately available.
Anyone with additional information about the fatal shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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Alberto Acosta Jr., an 18-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by police Saturday, Sept. 24, in the 6700 block of Darby Avenue in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
[For the record: An earlier version of this post, based on preliminary information from the coroner's office, listed the victim as John Doe #148.]
LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph said police responded to a report of shots fired in the 6600 block of Etiwanda Avenue about 4:40 p.m. and found two critically injured victims in a vehicle. The victims were taken to a local hospital.
Police set up a perimeter and found the gunman, who was later identified as Alberto Acosta Jr. The suspect was fatally shot during the confrontation. Joseph could not say whether Acosta fired on officers.
Anyone with additional information about the fatal shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 ...
Hector Espinoza, an 18-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Thursday, Aug. 11, in the 7900 block of White Oak Avenue in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
LAPD West Valley officers responded to an assault call about 7:20 p.m. and discovered Espinoza's body. He had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 26-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her upper body was also found seated in a parked car nearby at White Oak Avenue north of Stagg Street. Paramedics rushed her to a hospital, where she is listed in critical condition. Detectives have not released her name.
Homicide detectives have not determined a motive for the shootings, and no weapons were recovered at the scene.
Police are asking the public to contact them with information at (818) 374-7720. After hours or weekends, call (877) 527-3247. Tipsters who'd ...
Jorge Guijarro, a 19-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Thursday, May 5, near Vanowen Street and Etiwanda Avenue in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Witnesses told police that a black Volkswagen Jetta carrying several people drove by Guijarro shortly before 11:30 p.m. and at least one person in the car fired numerous shots toward him, according to an Los Angeles Police Department news release.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found Guijarro shot once in the upper torso. Paramedics were called and he was taken to a hospital where he later died, police said.
Investigators said the alleged shooters were described as Latinos. The shooting appears to be gang-related, they said.
Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call West Valley area homicide detectives at (818) 374-7720. Tipsters who would like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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Doris Salguero Guardado, a 24-year-old Latina, was found dead in her car Monday, Dec. 21, in the 19400 block of Wyandotte Street in Reseda, authorities said.
Salguero's ex-boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of her murder, police said.
She was reported missing by her family and friends, police said, and was found dead in her car after friends and relatives searched the area. The victim’s brother went to her apartment to check on her the afternoon of Dec. 21, and after he left about 1:20 p.m., he spotted her blue 1998 Toyota nearby. He found her body in the back seat, covered with blood.
Authorities originally reported she was discovered in the 19500 block of Leadwell Street, but coroner's records indicate she was discovered about a block from that address on Wyandotte Street.
She had been stabbed to death and was covered with a jacket ...