California Cases Page 2

Hit and Run Killer Remains Elusive

It was around 8:55 pm October 4, 2015 when Tobias J. Carlile, and his wife were walking a bike along the right side of road at the 1400 block of Elkhorn Boulevard in the town of Rio Linda. Tobias was straddling his bike while his wife walked to the right of him as they both were walking eastbound when a vehicle veered into the bike lane. The vehicle hit the forty year old married man killing him moments later. His wife was not injured in the incident. An interesting note is that there were no skid marks where Carlile was hit and the driver did not slow down.

There were several hit and runs In Rio Linda around the time of Carlile’s death. In June of the same year, a woman named Kathy Ann Anthon was hit and killed as she rode her bicycle on Dry Creek Road. That case is still unsolved. No description of the driver or the car has been released to the public.

If you have any information about these two homicides please contact the Special Investigations Unit at the North Sacramento Area California Highway Patrol Office at (916)348-2300. You can also call the Crime Alert at (916)443-4357 or 1-(800)-222-7463. Calls can be confidential.

Man Slain After Leaving School Three Decades Ago….

schindewolf part1It was during the first week of April 1989, when 40 year old Richard E. Schindewolf was a victim of a possible robbery gone bad.  A married father, he was shot to death outside a trucking school named “Transportation Careers of America” where he worked in East Oakland,.California.    He was found 12:30 am on April 6th in the parking lot located at the 800 Block of 98th Avenue. He was shot twice despite having less than a hundred foot walk to his car from the school.  Schindewolf was training to be a teacher. The case remains cold and his family still looks for answers and justice. .

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Oakland Police Department at  (510) 238-7950.    

Home Invasion Homicide Still Not Solved

taintaimooreIt was September 12th, 2000, when a relative checked on Andrew Tan Tai Moore’s studio apartment in Sand Diego to do a welfare check after family members out of state had not been able to contact him. A grisly scene was found when the 26 year old college student was found murdered in his bedroom. He had been both shot and stabbed to death.

Moore’s apartment was found ransacked, and expensive cutlery was taken. But one of the most important clues was also taken from the scene: Moore’s beloved 1994 Suzuki Katana motorcycle. Authorities said a month later, the bike was found abandoned in the Golden Hill neighborhood. It’s unclear if anyone was ever seen on surveillance dumping the bike.

A native of Pennsylvania he was a chef at the Gaslamp Quarter restaurant and a student at San Diego City College. His residence was ransacked with several pieces of expensive cutlery stolen. His 1994 Suzuki Katana motorcycle was also taken but found a month later on October 17, 2000 at the 1100 block of 24th Street in the Golden Hill neighborhood of the city.

If you have any information about this case please contact Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477. You can remain anonymous.

Another Victim of the Manson Family?

charlesmansonCult leader Charles Manson is one of the most infamous criminals of the 20th century. The Cult Leader had a group of followers that may have been responsible for 35 to 40 possible murders. Manson and several of his soldiers were convicted of slaughtering actress Sharon Tate and six other individuals in two highly publicized murders that occurred on the evenings of August 9th and 10th of 1969. Manson and several of his followers were convicted and sentenced to death. The death sentences were eventually commuted to life in prison by the United States Supreme Court. Manson was never convicted of directly killing anyone but ordered the killings and several others.

ronaldhughesOne possible death could be that of Attorney Ronald Hughes. He was an attorney that represented Manson follower (and murderer) Leslie Van Houten. He ran afoul of Manson because he tried to implicate Manson as ordering Van Houten to kill and take the responsibility away from his client. Allegedly Manson issued a threat to Hughes and during the trail for Van Houten for her role in the Labianca Murders, Hughes disappeared. He had gone camping with some other friends in an near Sespe Hot Springs in Ventura County.

On March 29, 1971, the severely decomposed body was discovered by two fishermen in Ventura County stuck between two giant rocks in a gorge. No manner or cause of death was ever determined but it is possible that Hughes drowned. However, members of the Manson family have confessed that he was murdered by Manson family members. Charles Manson, has never admitted responsibility for the crime.

Person That Killed Rap Mogul’s Brother Never Brought To Justice

drewithtyreeAndre Young better known as Doctor Dre from the groundbreaking Gangsta rap group N.W.A. has dealt with death all his life.  From one of his brothers dieing from pneumonia when he was just one years old, to one of his son’s succumbing to a drug overdose.  But one death that has resonated with him is the homicide of his younger brother Tyree Du-Sean Crayon in 1989 in Los Angeles.

dr dre's murdered brotherWhile cruising out on Crenshaw Boulevard around June 24th or 25 of 1989, Crayon got into a verbal altercation with another car.  A larger man from the other car picked up Crayon and slammed him onto the ground breaking Crayon’s neck.  Crayon would soon die from his injuries.  If not for his famous brother, Crayon would be another forgotten statistic in regards to inner city violence.   (Picture shows Dre on left with his brother on right when they were younger both were taken as stills from HBO’s “The Defiant Ones”)

Hate Crime Still Unsolved

Thanh Lam was twenty five years old. The native of Vietnam had survived a war, a stay in a refugee camp and a trip by sea journey to America to escape cruelty and achieve freedom. His parents had opened up a market in the rough city of Compton. When the first Rodney King Verdict came down in 1992, there were riots all over the Los Angeles area. The family would lose their market to the rioting, looting and arson. A day after that at 3:15pm on April 30th 1992 Lam was at a red light at Alondra Boulevard which is east of Willowbrook Avenue in Compton. A 1970s or early-1980s blue cadillac pulled up next to Lam’s vehicle. A black male (possibly two) in his early twenties shouted a racial slur and shot at Lam. He was hit three times in the chest and once in the back. Lam came to America for freedom and opportunity. That was all stolen from him. It is likely that Lam was targeted because he was “Asian” However, the majority of victims in the LA Riots were people of African-American ancestry. If you have any information about this case please call the Sheriff’s Homicide Division: (323) 890-5500.

Who Killed the Father of an NBA Basketball Player Superstar?

kawhileonardKawhi Leonard and Michael Jordan have many similarities.  They have both won Titles, have similar builds and play much like each other.  Sadly for Kawhi, he also shares another trait with one of basketball’s all time greatest players, they both had their fathers violently taken from them.  Mark Leonard owned a popular carwash in the city of Compton.  On January 18th, 2008, the 43 year old business owner was closing up shop while several men approached him.  An argument ensued and one of the men pulled out a firearm and shot MArk Leonard ten times.  He would die from his wounds and Kawhi at the age of 16 would lose his best friend and mentor.  The murder remains unsolved and police are unsure of the motive and have not named any suspects to the public.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department at  (310) 605-6500.

Was Murder of Restaurant Retiree a Random Robbery or a Planned Hit?

pizzashopsuspectIt was June 12, 2006, when 72-year-old Rhode Island native Edward “Eddie” Pollitelli arrived at the at Mama Mia New York Style Pizza and Pasta located in Stevenson Ranch, California.  It was a restaurant that he had worked at before his retirement and still volunteered his time at.   Around 8:30 in the morning, Politelli was confronted by an  unidentified attacker who was carried a machete. A co-worker told Police that he had heard Pollitelli say “don’t hurt me.”  However, at the time, the co-worker thought that Pollitelli was joking around.

Local authorities believe that the murderer stabbed and killed Politelli on a narrow cement walkway located behind the restaurant.  No money had been stolen from the restaurant.  There was video footage from an adjacent Mexican eatery that showed an individual walking along the front of the building around the time of the murder.  He is believed to be the killer.

Some witnesses told authorities that a silver Dodge Magnum station wagon was used by the killer to make his getaway, but no one was close enough to get a good look at either the suspect or the vehicle’s license plate.

Motive in this murder is still unknown but it’s slightly possible that this could be a targeted killing.

The homicide suspect was described as young white or light skinned Hispanic male who was between the ages of 25 and 30 years old.  He was around 5-foot-7-inches tall and  about 160 pounds. The suspect was described as clean shaven with short brown spiky hair. He had worn a white T-shirt, blue jeans as well as a black sweatshirt.  The suspect also had a backpack on his shoulder and possibly wielded a stun gun.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at (213) 229-1700.