The City of Los Angeles is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the homicide of Ramon Estrada.
Estrada was brutally beaten after leaving Gold Coast bar, 8228 Santa Monica Blvd. at La Jolla, on July 7, and he died on Aug. 4.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is hoping witnesses will come forward with information about what happened July 7.
According to Det. Scott Masterson of the LAPD, police are seeking a light-colored car (beige, tan or silver), likely a small SUV or a car with a hatchback. It might be a Lexus SUV RX350, Masterson said, but that is not certain. Police are also seeking three black men, around ages 18 to 25, who were seen running from the area. It is not known whether they were involved or were witnesses who were fleeing. The car was reportedly being driven by a fourth person, but no description of the driver is available.
Masterson said that he hopes this information will trigger memories from someone who witnessed something the night Estrada was attacked. He acknowledged that the investigation “lost a lot of valuable time” due to the circumstances of Estrada’s attack.
The night of the attack, Estrada was found a little after 2 a.m. lying unconscious between parked cars at Santa Monica Boulevard and Mansfield in Los Angeles. He was taken to a hospital but didn’t have an ID on him, and his cell phone had been stolen. His hands were too badly damaged to produce a fingerprint. His partner and family did not know where he was for a week, after which they found him at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where he was in a coma.
Anyone with information about the attack can call (213) 382-9470. Information can be given anonymously.