Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Suspect arrested in Escalante murder, another still at large

Today, the LAPD and L.A. County Sheriff's Department announced an arrest in the homicide of Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante. Escalante was a dedicated public servant who was a Deputy Sheriff and U.S. Army Reservist when he was brutally killed in front of his parent's home in Cypress Park.

The arrest of 18 year-old Jose Renteria was the third in this case; two other suspects were charged with murder in December 2008.

One suspect is still at large: 26 year-old Armando Albarran. The LAPD is asking for the public's help in finding Albarran. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Daniel Jenks or Detective David Holmes at 213-485-2531. Anonymous tips are also welcomed by calling 877-LAPD-24-7 or texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD (your text will be sent to a center that will anonymously forward the information to LAPD).