The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors offered or renewed $10,000 rewards Tuesday in three unrelated crimes, hoping to convict the man suspected of kidnapping and assaulting a missing Monrovia woman and the gunmen in fatal shootings in Littlerock and El Monte.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended offering $10,000 to encourage any witnesses to come forward for the alleged assault and abduction of Amanda Kathleen Custer, a 31-year-old single mom of an 8-year-old son.
Sheriff’s homicide investigators believe Custer was taken against her will the morning of July 29 by her 27-year-old boyfriend, Robert Anthony Camou, from his Monrovia home in the 600 block of Vaquero Road. Witnesses said they saw Camou load her “lifeless” body into the trunk of a Toyota Prius, according to sheriff’s deputies.
Sheriff’s detectives say blood was found in the Monrovia residence, and blood drops were found in the cargo hatch of the Prius, along with a digging tool.
Detectives were able to piece together some of Camou’s movements after the alleged abduction because he was wearing an electronic monitoring device in connection with an earlier assault and domestic violence charge against a victim listed as Amanda C. Prosecutors had objected to the electronic monitoring and asked that Camou instead be held on $150,000 bail.
Cellphone video from a downtown Los Angeles bar on July 29 showed Camou during an open-mic event, singing an expletive-laden rap about killing a woman.
“I killed my (expletive) and buried that (expletive) in the (expletive) dirt,” he is heard rapping.
It was just hours after the video was taken that Camou was found in the back seat of the parked Prius in downtown Los Angeles. He was taken into custody after being flushed out with tear gas in a nearly five-hour standoff with authorities.
However, there was no sign of Custer.
Camou and Custer lived down the street from one another and had a tumultuous two-year relationship that included “numerous domestic violence incidents,” according to a sheriff’s deputy.
Custer filed court papers in February seeking a restraining order against Camou, claiming he showed up uninvited at her home and broke a double-pane window with a hatchet. Custer obtained the restraining order on April 22.
Anyone who was in the area of Mount Baldy Road, Glendora Ridge Road or Glendora Mountain Road on July 29 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. who may have seen Camou or Custer — or the Prius he was driving — was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or lacrimestoppers.org.
Barger also called for a reward in a Littlerock shooting that ended with one man dead and another men critically wounded.
Michael Robbins was shot in the upper body just before 6 a.m. Sunday in the 13800 block of East Avenue R-6 in the unincorporated Los Angeles County community east of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The second victim was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries and is now in stable condition, authorities said.
Both victims were in their 50s. Their relationship to each other was unknown.
The suspected shooter was identified as Trinidad ”Trini” Garcia, 60, who was described as a transient in the Littlerock area. He fled in a blue 2004 Hyundai Elantra with the California license plate 5LJE903.
Garcia is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 180 pounds with brown hair and eyes.
Supervisor Hilda Solis also recommended renewing the reward in the shooting of 20-year-old Fabrian Garcia Barajas, which was set to expire August 30, but will now be available for at least another 90 days.
Barajas was shot in the back shortly after midnight April 3, 2018, and his white sedan was found crashed into the front metal security gate of a business park.
Family members said the young man usually drove straight home to Pomona after his shift as a machine operator in Walnut ended about midnight. On the night he was killed, he drove between an area off the Pomona (60) Freeway and Lemon Avenue to a cul-de-sac on Gilman Road and Valley Boulevard.
“Fabian was stopped at the end of the cul-de-sac when, detectives believe, a `walk-up’ shooting occurred as Fabian was seated in the driver’s seat of his vehicle,” according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez.
A “person of interest” in the case was described as Hispanic, 25-30 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 160-170 pounds. He wore a black Los Angeles Dodgers cap and a black jacket.
At a news conference last year, Fabian Barajas Sr. talked about whoever killed his only son.
“This person is an animal. He’s not a human being, he’s an animal, and I’m not afraid to say it.”
Barger and Solis asked anyone with additional information on any of these crimes to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).