Monday, July 23, 2012

$50,0000 Reward Offered in Raul Lopez's Murder

Shooting victim Raul Lopez, undated.

At 9:00 AM Tuesday, LAPD, Counselman Tom LaBonge and member's of the victim's family will hold a press conference in front of Hoagies & Wings, 14552 Ventura Blvd., in Sherman Oaks to announce a $50,000 reward for information in the slaying of cook Raul Lopez.  The restaurant where Lopez was killed is represented by LaBonge.

As previously reported, Lopez was shot outside the entrance of Hoagies & Wings June 29th, 2012, just past 11:00 PM, after successfully corralling a group of five disruptive customers out the front entrance.  Five African American men who appeared to be in their 30's, started complaining about the slow service and hurling racial slurs at the restaurant staff.  When customers started to leave, Raul stepped in to diffuse the situation and it cost him his life.

Help solve this murder.  If you have any information, please call Van Nuys Homicide detectives (the cowboys) at: (818) 374-0040. If you would rather remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

I plan on attending this press conference and will be updating T&T readers as soon as possible.


Robert said...

Just a guess, but the new Tyler Perry movie opened at the Arclight in Sherman Oaks, that night. The theater is not too far from where the shooting happened. Given a little time to exit the theater and figure out what the group wanted to do, puts then down the block looking for something to eat just about the time they walked into the Panda Express. That's the video you posted.

If Detective Nuttall asks ownership of the Arclight to give him all the credit purchases of tickets to that 7:45 show, or any show that would have let out around 930-945 that night, either at the Arclight or if those theaters on Van Nuys are still there, then over there as well, he might come up with a person of interest.

Sprocket said...

Although the check for credit card receipts is an interesting idea, I don't think the Cowboys have any indication that they went to the movies.

Besides there being restaurants in the Galleria, Cheesecake Factory, other upscale restaurants, Fudruckers, the group flashed a large wad of $100 dollar bills at the Hoagies & Wings cashier. Why put a less than $20 charge for a movie ticket on a credit card, when you have a large wad of cash?

I don't believe it would have taken 45 minutes to get out of the parking garage and down the blvd less than a mile. Ventura Blvd isn't "that" busy on a Friday night.

However, the other option "for" your theory is the fact that Arclight lets people buy tickets on line and pick the seat they want.