In a joint press conference held at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, representatives from the Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office provided updates on four unsolved homicide cases.
Two of the unsolved murders took place in Compton. Both victims in the Compton cases were sitting in parked cars when they were killed. Keith Jackson and Estephan Hernandez were both sitting in vehicles with other occupants when they lost their lives.
The Sheriff’s Department announced rewards sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in these tragic incidents.
Sheriff Luna said, “The victims of these murders were members of the community who are trying to simply live out their lives.”
District Attorney Gascon shared his frustration when murder suspects are not caught, “Unless we all work together our common safety will continue to be in jeopardy.”
Luis Sandoval Case:
On February 25, 2007, Luis Sandoval, a 70-year-old victim, was riding his bicycle near Olympic Boulevard and Hicks Avenue in East Los Angeles when he was caught in a crossfire between rival tagging crews. Sandoval sustained gunshot wounds during the incident and was transported to a local hospital. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries on June 13, 2007. The authorities believe that the shootout led to his tragic death. A reward of $25,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for this crime.
Keith Jackson Case:
On December 28, 2016, Keith Jackson, aged 43, was fatally shot while sitting in his parked vehicle at Alondra Boulevard and Essey Avenue in Compton. Another vehicle pulled up alongside Jackson’s car, and an occupant opened fire, striking Jackson. He was taken to a nearby hospital but did not survive his injuries. The press conference mentioned that Jackson was in his vehicle with two female adult friends at the time of the incident. A reward of $20,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the suspect(s) involved in this case.
Estephan Hernandez Case:
On September 28, 2017, Estephan Hernandez, aged 21, and his friend were sitting in a parked vehicle near the 1100 block of E. 148th Street in Compton when a black vehicle drove by and fired multiple rounds at them. Hernandez was fatally struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene. His friend sustained a gunshot wound and survived after being taken to a local hospital. The authorities are seeking information to help identify the individual(s) responsible for this crime. A reward of $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s).
Michael Moreno Case:
On December 23, 2018, Michael Moreno, aged 35, and his friend were shot in front of a residence in the 200 block of South Acacia Street in San Dimas. An individual from a parked vehicle approached the victims and opened fire, resulting in Moreno’s death. His friend was also shot but survived his injuries after being transported to a local hospital. The authorities are urging anyone with information about this incident to come forward. A reward of $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the perpetrator(s).
Detectives and family members of all four victims pleaded with the public to come forth with any information to help solves these cases.
During the press conference, officials emphasized the importance of community involvement in solving these cases and expressed their commitment to bringing justice to the victims and their families. They encouraged anyone with information to contact the appropriate law enforcement agencies and assured that all tips would be treated confidentially.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500.
If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.