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Los Angeles. Detectives from LAPD's West Bureau Homicide Division have
released video footage of a fight aboard a transit bus in efforts to
identify the individual involved.
On April 5, 2012, around 7:05
p.m., two passengers aboard a Santa Monica Big Blue Bus became involved
in a verbal dispute which escalated into a physical altercation. As a
result of the fight, victim Luis Contreras suffered a serious head
injury and is now fighting for his life at a local hospital. The bus was
traveling in the area of Westwood Boulevard and Rochester Avenue in
West Los Angeles when the incident occurred.
literally started over one individual stepping on the foot of the other.
Words were exchanged and punches were thrown," said West Bureau
Homicide Detective Luis Carranza who is assigned to the case.
were several passengers on the bus who witnessed the incident.
Witnesses were interviewed, but detectives have not been able to
identify the individual involved in the fight. Police are seeking the
public's help to identify the individual involved. "We need someone to
watch the video and look at the photographs," Carranza explained.
"Anyone with information can contact us. We just want to know why this
unfortunate incident occurred. We want to speak with him to get his
side of the story."
Anyone with information on this crime is
urged to call LAPD West Bureau Homicide Detectives Armando Acero or Luis
Carranza at (213) 382-9470. Anonymous tips can be called into 1-877
LAPD 24-7, Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or by texting 274637
(C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages
should begin with the letters "LAPD" Online tips may be placed at
http://www.LAPDOnline.org by clicking on "webtips" and following the prompts.
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