L.A. City Council Offers $50,000 Reward Related to Stabbing Death of Venice Man
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion on Friday calling for a $50,000 reward in connection with the Nov. 18 stabbing death of a 24-year-old Venice man.
City Councilman Mike Bonin, whose 11th District includes Venice, urged the council to approve the reward as authorities continue to investigate the killing of Guillermo “Memo” Carmona-Perez.
Carmona-Perez was found by a citizen lying in the street about 12:15 a.m. at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue with an apparent stab wound.
Patrol officers with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division were flagged down and Perez was rushed by paramedics to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
”Guillermo’s murder is a disturbing and horrific crime and a tragedy for his family, friends and the entire Venice community,” Bonin said. ‘This crime happened near midnight in Venice, when restaurants and bars were still open, and it is very likely that someone out there has information that could be helpful. Our neighborhoods will be safer once the person or people responsible for this crime are off the streets, and this reward will hopefully help the LAPD as we seek justice for Guillermo.”
Carmona-Perez was a young father who worked as a cook at Mercedes Grille and also at nearby Baja Cantina. Police said he was walking from his job at Mercedes Grille toward Baja Cantina when he was stabbed.
The victim’s wife, Miriam Carmona-Perez, said during a press conference Friday that her husband worked 15 to 16 hours a day to provide for their family and to help his relatives in the Oaxaca region of Mexico.
Fundraisers have been set up at both restaurants to help the family pay for funeral costs.
Anyone with information on the case was asked to contact Detectives Dave Vinton or George Bowens at (213) 382-9470.
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