RAMPART AREA POLICE STATION - City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced Wednesday a $50,000 reward to help generate leads in the fatal attack of 23-year-old Oscar Lazo.
According to the LAPD, the stabbing occurred around 10 p.m. on June 23, following a confrontation between Oscar Lazo and three other men outside a liquor store near Union Avenue and Beverly Boulevard in the Westlake neighborhood.
Surveillance video captured the initial confrontation when Lazo tried to escape, running past a witness into the neighborhood. Police then say the suspects stabbed him with an unknown weapon. Paramedics pronounced Lazo dead at the scene.
“Public safety in our neighborhoods is my top priority, which is why I acted without hesitation when detectives asked for my assistance in approving the $50,000 reward,” said Councilmember O’Farrell, who recently introduced a council motion to unlock the reward funds. “Anyone who has a conscience, and has information about this attack, please come forward and help bring a measure of peace to the Lazo family.”
The suspects fled on foot southbound on Union Avenue to what detectives believe was a vehicle waiting for them. The vehicle was described as a 2006-2007 Nissan Altima, 4 door, dark rims, and unknown license plate. Investigators don't know why the victim was targeted or if the killing was gang related.
“Anybody should be able to walk anywhere in Los Angeles, at any time of the day,” said Captain Jeff Nolte. “We need the community to come forward, because this could be anyone’s father or son.”
During a press conference on Wednesday at the LAPD Rampart Police Station, investigators released photos of the suspect vehicle, as well as surveillance video of the initial attack [LINK]. Reina Lazo, Oscar’s mother, urged anyone who knows what happened to call police.
“He said every time he went to the store to buy something how much he loved me,” and now I’m saying I love him so much and miss him so much
Police are asking anyone with information to call 800-222-TIPS.