HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN — The LAPD wants to give a $20,000 reward to an anonymous tipster who assisted the investigation of the fatal 2012 shooting of a church deacon who confronted a tagger spray painting the wall of his Beverly Boulevard church.
Andres Ordonez, a 25-year-old Guatemalan immigrant, was shot dead outside Iglesia Principe de Paz, an evangelical church at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Reno Street, as he tried to stop a woman, Janeth Lopez, from allegedly tagging the church in November 2012. A male accomplice, Pedro Martinez, opened fire, killing Ordonez and wounding another church member. A few days later the city issued a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution for those responsible.
Earlier this year, Martinez was found guilty and sentenced to 100 years in prison. Lopez and another suspect, Ivy Navarrete, were awaiting trial on murder charges.
Police, in a report to the L.A. Police Commission, provided details about the information provided by a resident who wants to remain anonymous:
Martinez and Navarette fled from the United States to Mexico shortly after Ordonez’s murder. Arrest warrants were issued for both individuals. Information received from an anonymous citizen led to the identifications and locations of the suspects.
The reward is subject to approval by the Police Commission.