LAPD Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Glassell Park Murder Suspects

Two young men aged 16 to 25 and a female accomplice are sought.

LAPD officers cordon off the crime scene in Glassell Park—the victim's cloth-covered body can be seen in the distance. (Photo credit: Herb West)
LAPD officers cordon off the crime scene in Glassell Park—the victim's cloth-covered body can be seen in the distance. (Photo credit: Herb West)

By City News Service

The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday sought the public's help in finding three people involved in a shooting in Glassell Park that left a 42-year-old man dead and his wife wounded.   

James Marcus Howe was shot around 10:55 a.m. on Nov. 27 at his home in the 4400 block of West Avenue 42 and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.   

His wife was taken to a hospital in serious condition, Richard French of the LAPD said.   

Howe and his wife were at home when a 16-year-old to 22-year-old male, posing as a solicitor, knocked on their door, police said.   

As Howe and his wife went to answer the door, the first suspect and a second male, this one between 20 and 25, forced their way inside and during an ensuing struggle, the second suspect pulled a handgun and shot both victims, police said. A third suspect, a female, was also being sought, as was a dark-colored early 2000s Ford Mustang, according to police.   

LAPD Detective Harold Dicroce told CBS2 the victim and his wife moved to the neighborhood with their 6-year-old son during the summer and that neither of them had criminal records.   

The boy was being cared for by his aunt, Dicroce told the station. Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact detectives from the LAPD's Northeast Station at (323) 344-5731. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Editor's note: This news report is based on a communiqué issued by the LAPD media relations office, which, for purposes of identification, describes all three suspects in the shooting as African American.

Related: LAPD Finds no Motive in Fatal Glassell Park Shooting

Bob Roberts December 06, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Same three that were casing houses weeks before, as reported here. Why had they not been picked up?
El Cid December 06, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Was Mr. James Marcus Howe a Reality TV director? My sincerest condolences to his wife and 6 year-old son.
Nimby pimp December 06, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Terrible, terrible crime. Is it only coincidence, in that neighborhood, that the victims and perps were African-American?
urban boheme December 07, 2013 at 12:15 AM
So the headline reads "Police seek public's help" but political correctness dictates that the tinsy, tiny informational point that all three suspects are black needs to be half hidden in an editor's note, basically saying "don't blame me, it's a communiqué from the police department, they made me include it..." Yikes.
J. W. December 07, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Had those pushy after-dark solicitors, such as previously reported in the Patch, in my Mt. Washington neighborhood Thursday night between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. I did not open the door but asked what they wanted. They said they were neighbors, that there had been a neighborhood meeting about bringing back programs. What programs? "Did I ever hear of paperboys?" Those programs. They were reluctant to state their purpose unless I opened the door to them and they sounded overly solicitous but intimidating. Illegitimate but not illegal. They said a couple of times that they would come around to my back door to speak to me because I said my front door sticks and can be difficult to open. They also wanted me to come to a window to talk to them, which felt like a bad idea. I said no and that I wasn't interested but if they had relevant literature they could leave it on the porch. They left grumbling. I probably should have reported this to the police because their stated intent being B.S., seemed likely to be either casing of houses for burglary or home invasion robbery.
nonoise December 07, 2013 at 01:04 PM
A family recently moves into the neighborhood. And, they are attacked for no reason and police have no motive? Sounds like LAPD is not giving the public all the information.
Nimby pimp December 07, 2013 at 01:11 PM
In a previous iteration of this story, it was reported that the LAPD could not determine whether or not the house in which the victim's lived was owned by a cop. Odd.
nonoise December 07, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Probly they are keeping this quiet because all are of the same race. Things would be different if the races were different. Now Al Sharpton can stay home and enjoy his holiday. Strange how there are no riots or news information about the Kelly Thomas case. Sadly no one cares about what happened to him.
urban boheme December 07, 2013 at 02:36 PM
I did open my door to those "pushy after dark solicitors." They were two Hispanic boys who looked about 13 year old. First words out of the lead kid's mouth was "do you speak English?" Went on to explain that they went to Franklin and were part of a school program. I believe they did want to sell newspaper subscriptions because when I asked to see their paperwork, expecting some kind of school I.D., they pulled out badly folded sub. forms. I didn't find them in the least bit intimidating, but they were very, very persistent. I told one of them I couldn't possibly talk to him given his giant, yellow ear lobe studs, or whatever they're called. He pulled his hoodie over his head. I said I could still see them and he dutifully pulled his hood tighter around his face. Pretty funny. When I gave them my final "no," one kid's last words were "we can talk this out." Quite the little hustler. They made no effort to get in the house. Probably aiming for a "deposit" on my subscription, in cash. I explained that the only good newspaper left in the country was the New York Times and I doubted their program included that. This threw them for a second, but then they were back to the hustle. I do worry a little about retribution. In a way, I feel kind of badly turning away kids who show this kind of initiative -- climbing my stairs in the dark alone shows moxey.
nonoise December 07, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Usually these kids are innocent kids trying to sell newspaper subscriptions. They are usually not from the neighborhood. Usually they are selling the Daily News. But no one should open their door to anyone saying they are selling something or asking money for a funeral (a real scam). Call LAPD and have them come out to check them out.
mr. jepg December 10, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Ajay its okay for adults to give the description of suspects when asking for the publics help. Here let me show you how it could have been written: Howe and his wife were at home when a the suspects, a 16-year-old to 22-year-old male african-americans, posing as a solicitor, knocked on their door, police said. A third suspect, a female african-american, was also being sought, as was a dark-colored early 2000s Ford Mustang, according to police. see its not hard and its even helpful.


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