Councilman Eric Garcetti is seeking City Council approval of a $50,000 reward leading to the conviction of the person who murdered Paulina Ibarra in her East Hollywood apartment last August. The main suspect, Jesus Catalan (pictured), who was believed to have frequented East Hollywood and the Rampart District, has avoided arrest despite the assistance of transgender groups and a story about the murder that appeared on America’s Most Wanted. The Garcetti motion says:
Councilman seeks reward in transgender killing case
“There are indications that Mr. Catalan is still in the Los Angeles area and detectives hope that a monetary reward compels the public to provide more information.”
The City Council must approve the motion before a reward can be offered.