The Los Angeles Police
Department offered a $75,000 reward Monday for information leading to the identification
of three suspects wanted for the murder this past month of a reality television
director in his Glassell Park home.
The LAPD offered the reward at the police headquarters downtown during a news conference attended by senior officers of the LAPD Northeast Division and Councilmember José Huizar, in whose council district 14 the murder occurred.
James Marcus Howe, 42, was shot and killed Nov. 27 in what the LAPD has described as a random attack by an intruder posing as a solicitor on the 4400 block of West Avenue 42. His wife, who was also at home along with their six-year-old son, was shot and seriously wounded.
Two African American males—one aged 16 to 22 years and the other between the ages of 20 and 25—are wanted for Howe’s murder. A third suspect, described as a female African American who drove a dark-colored early model 2000 Ford Mustang getaway car, is also wanted by the LAPD.
“Detectives have exhausted all known leads in this case and are currently seeking the public’s assistance,” the LAPD’s Media Relations Section said in a communiqué before the news conference.
A large number of Howe’s family and friends attended Monday afternoon’s news conference. They included Howe’s father, Allan, as well as his mother and aunt.
Both Howe’s father and aunt spoke eloquently about his life and how he had touched a lot of people’s hearts in his short life.
Huizar offered his condolences to the Howe family and thanked the LAPD for its efforts in trying to track down Howe’s killers.
“We are all stunned by the horrific nature of this crime,” Huizar’s communications director, Rick Coca quoted the councilmember as saying. “A child has lost their father—it is a horrible tragedy that we cannot undo. But we can make sure that justice prevails, and the community and I join the family in asking the public’s help in making sure that happens.”
The city council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a motion to adopt the $75,000 reward.
Anyone with information about Howe’s murder should contact LAPD Northeast Homicide Detective Aguilar or Officer Watterson at (323) 344-5744 during normal business hours. LAPD Northeast Watch Commanders can be reached round the clock at (323) 344-5701. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS, that is, (800) 222-8477.