Reward announced for information on brutal attack on 14-year-old girl in South LA

News Release from the Office of Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry

Police Seek Public’s Help in Finding the Person(s) Responsible for Senseless Shooting of Jessica Garcia

LOS ANGELES, CA – Councilwoman Jan Perry introduced and received unanimous support for a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification and apprehension of the person or persons responsible for the brutal, senseless shooting of 14 year-old Jessica Garcia on December 9.

“This is a devastating and senseless crime. I am confident that with the publics’ help we can find and prosecute the person responsible for attacking this young girl in our community. I urge anyone with information, to please come forward so that we can find some measure of justice for Jessica, her family, her friends, and our community,” said Councilwoman Perry.”

On Sunday, December 9 at 1:20 a.m., Garcia was attacked and shot as she walked on Vernon Avenue near Hooper Avenue with a group of friends.  Garcia remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

The 18- to 25-year-old suspect is described as a Hispanic male with black or dark-brown hair.  He stands 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt with dark pants.

Witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident are urged to contact           Newton Division Homicide Detective Richard Arciniega at (323) 846-6556 or Detective Eric Spear at (323) 846-6579. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to   1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”