The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved or renewed three rewards Tuesday, hoping to draw out witnesses to the car-to-car shooting of a 10-year-old boy in La Puente, a hit-and-run collision that killed a 61-year-old homeless man in Florence-Firestone and the mysterious disappearance of a young Littlerock mother who is presumed dead.
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended offering a $10,000 reward for information on the gunman who shot Enrique Sebastian Falcon while the boy was sitting in the back seat of his family’s car in La Puente on May 17.
About 9 that night, a black sedan with its headlights off pulled alongside the family’s car near the intersection of Hacienda Boulevard and Amar Road. The family tried to tell the driver about the lights and, minutes later, someone inside the sedan fired one shot, striking Enrique, whose mother immediately called 911.
Sheriff’s deputies responding to the scene took the boy to the hospital in their patrol vehicle rather than wait for an ambulance, but he died at the hospital later that night, Solis said.
SOlis urged anyone with additional information to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended extending a $10,000 reward for information on the hit-and-run motorist who killed James Haley on July 14, 2018. The reward, set to expire Sept. 7, will now be available for at least another 90 days.
Haley was walking south on Firestone Boulevard crossing Holmes Avenue in a marked crosswalk about 2 a.m. when the driver of a 2017 white Dodge Charger headed east struck him.
The car was found later that day a short distance away, in the 1800 block of East 87th Street one block south of Firestone Boulevard, with damage to the windshield and hood and physical evidence that it had struck a pedestrian.
California Highway Patrol officers found 55-year-old Julio Santamaria walking in the area and arrested him, alleging that he had been driving drunk at the time of the crash. Santamaria was released from jail three days later after the District Attorney’s Office asked for further investigation.
Ridley-Thomas said Haley was homeless at the time of his death and is survived by his son, Jason.
The supervisor urged anyone with additional information to call California Highway Patrol Detective Donald Smulski at 310-516-3355.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended reinstating a $20,000 reward for information on the suspicious disappearance of then-28-year-old Monique Figueroa, who was last seen driving away from her Littlerock home in the 7200 block of East Avenue U-12 around 4 a.m. on May 19, 2015.
Figueroa’s car, a 2004 burgundy Mercedes-Benz, was recovered 11 days later in an abandoned shed in Juniper Hills. Authorities said there were signs of foul play.
Figueroa had left her 2-year-old daughter in the care of her family, who reported her missing several days after she left home.
Jeff Figueroa told ABC7 the day after his daughter’s car was found that her boyfriend had been recently arrested in a murder case and she was known to hang out with gang members. He said he believed some of those acquaintances feared she would become a witness against them, though authorities told “Dateline NBC” that she had refused to cooperate in the investigation.
Her father begged her captors to free her and said he received a text from his daughter the day after she vanished, saying, “Had to leave; love you; be back soon.”
Investigators found no trail of cell phone or credit card use following her disappearance.
Homicide investigators received a tip in 2016 that Figueroa’s remains might be buried off the 11000 block of Pearblossom Highway in Palmdale. But a search by detectives, cadaver scent dogs and coroner’s personnel yielded no results.
The reward, which expired Aug. 19, will now be available for at least the next 90 days.
Barger urged anyone with additional information on either of the cases to call the sheriff’s Cold Case Unit at 323-890-5621. Callers with information on any of the cases can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).