A $10,000 reward was offered Thursday for information that helps detectives solve the killing of a tow truck driver who was gunned down six years ago on this date in Norwalk.
Robert Garcia, 22, of Norwalk was shot just before midnight on June 28, 2012, near the office of Vernola’s Tow, in the 13500 block of Norwalk Boulevard, the sheriff’s department reported.
“As he walked back to the office … three men approached him,” a sheriff’s statement said. “Robert fled eastbound on Front Street toward the business, but was fatally shot multiple times at the front door of the building. Robert was a hardworking provider for his budding family, and had two small children at the time of his death.”
Security video from the tow yard was displayed at a news conference Thursday morning at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles where the reward was announced.
Three suspects can be seen in the grainy video confronting Garcia near a parked tow truck. The suspects were described only as Hispanic males in their early to late teens, with thin builds. Two wore dark clothing, and one wore light clothing.
“We’re here today because we wanted to ask the community to come forward with any information that can help with my son’s murder,” Anna Salazar told reporters at the news conference.
“My son was a very loving, family oriented person,” Salazar said. “Everything he did revolved around his family, his children, and his friends. There wouldn’t be anything that he wouldn’t do for anybody, to help anybody that he could. He was a very hard worker for his family, and if anybody out there knows something, please come forward. We would really appreciate this for us to get closure and to heal.”
The reward was offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.