L.A. City Council Offers $75,000 Reward in Glassell Park Killing

James Marcus Howe was shot around 10:50 a.m. on Nov. 27 at his home in the 4400 block of West Avenue 42 and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities say.

A man was shot and killed and his wife injured in an attack in Glassell Park on Nov. 27, 2013. (Photo credit: Herb West)
A man was shot and killed and his wife injured in an attack in Glassell Park on Nov. 27, 2013. (Photo credit: Herb West)

By City News Service

A $75,000 reward was announced today for information leading to the prosecution of whoever shot and killed a 42-year-old television director and wounded his wife at their home in Glassell Park.

James Marcus Howe was shot around 10:50 a.m. on Nov. 27 at his home in the 4400 block of West Avenue 42 and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

His wife was taken to a hospital in serious condition, Richard French of the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Howe and his wife were at home when a 16- to 22-year-old male, posing as a solicitor, knocked on their door, police said.

As Howe and his wife went to answer the door, the first suspect and a second male, this one between 20 and 25, forced their way inside and during an ensuing struggle, the second suspect pulled a handgun and shot both victims, police said.

A third suspect, a female, was also being sought, as was a dark-colored early 2000s Ford Mustang, according to police.

LAPD Detective Harold Dicroce said the victim and his wife moved to the neighborhood with their 6-year-old son during the summer. Howe has been identified in media reports as a director of The CW competition series "America's Next Top Model."

Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact detectives from the LAPD's Northeast Station at (323) 344-5744. After-hours or weekend callers can contact the station watch commander at (323) 344-5701. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

nonoise December 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Why did it take LAPD 3 weeks to post this more detailed information? Or the patch 3 weeks to post it? Did the couple have a gun in their home to protect themselves? Looks like they should have.
Diana December 14, 2013 at 04:37 PM
I understand, this family was black, has were the thugs, I firmly believe this was pre-meditated, they knew he had $ and or items to steal.
Janet December 15, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Was it a robbery..not 1 report i read stated a robbery or mentioned motive. .was this family targeted for any reason. ..I feel so bad for the 6 yr old..and now even more so that the holidays are here....Please CLARIFY Eagle Rock or Glassell Park....so tired of when things happen on the bordering cities they still say Eagle Rock
mr. jepg December 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM
janet is the title of the article not clear enough for you? don't worry everything is going to be okay in 90041.
mr. jepg December 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM
so the patch is still afraid to mention race - PC to a fault.
Drew December 15, 2013 at 09:10 PM
As a neighbor and friend of the victims...here is the deal: there was a morning burglarly on Oct. 3rd on Ave. 41 - suspects and car description same as given for the Nov. 27th Sagamore Way home invasion/homicide. On the morning of Nov. 27th, suspects and car seen again on Ave. 41 by a neighbor who came out onto her porch. She subsequently made a 911 call to report suspects and car and minutes later, the home invasion/homicide had taken place on Sagamore Way (just around the corner). Definitey feels like the neighborhood was cased (since early October at least) and perpetrators were looking for a house to rob - perps probably not suspecting folks to be home and once they posed as solicitors and found folks were home, were undeterred. James Marcus Howe fought to protect his family from the home invadors and is survived by his amazing wife and son. PLEASE encourage Huizar's office and the Northeast Police Dept. to continue their good work on solving this case. Suspects: young black males (late teens and early 20s) + female driver Car: 2000 model dark colored (green or black) ford mustang convertible (closed black top). Thanks for reading!
incognito guito December 16, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Condolences to the family. We had 2 young black males between the ages mentioned above come to our door about 2 weeks ago at 7:30 at night. They were also trying to sell something. I did not open the door because of these articles warning people not to open your door to people you dont know. So when I approached the front door and asked who it was, I could NOT understand them! I asked them about 5 times who they were and I still could not understand what they were saying. So I peaked out the window and I saw 2 black young men show me a small laminated card which had objects on it that I could not identify. They told me they were selling something. I asked them to leave. I don't know if these were the same young men, but it is a very strange coincidece. Oh and this happened in 90041. I hope they catch them soon!
Diana December 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Janet, Really? Glassell Park, Eaglerock, Cypress Park, Atwater, Highland Park? We all still live in the same "armpit"


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