Northridge: Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau are asking for the public’s help in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect responsible for the murder of 23-year-old Northridge resident Jorge Reyes.
On December 31, 2017, around 6:05 p.m., Devonshire Area uniformed patrol officers responded to an “Ambulance Shots Fired" radio call in the 8600 block of Balboa Boulevard in Northridge. Upon arrival, officers observed the victim laying in the parking lot of a business, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene.
Detective’s preliminary investigation revealed the victim and his two friends drove to a fast food restaurant. The driver went inside the restaurant while the victim remained in the vehicle in the front passenger seat. At that time, a male Hispanic suspect approached and began arguing with the victim. The suspect fought with the victim as he sat in the vehicle. The suspect then produced a handgun and began shooting at the victim. The victim got out of the vehicle and ran but was struck multiple times by gunfire and fell to the ground.
The suspect entered an older model sedan and fled the scene. He was accompanied by a female Hispanic, who detectives advise is a person of interest.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1925. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.