Crime and Safety

Investigation into a store clerk’s death in Highland Park led to one arrest

Los Angeles, California – A person has been arrested in connection with the death of a clerk at a liquor store in Highland Park. The clerk was trying to stop a group of teenagers from stealing alcohol and other products.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s media relations office confirmed on Thursday that one of the four teens suspected of hitting 68-year-old Steven Reyes with a scooter last week at Tony’s Market near the intersection of Figueroa Street and E Avenue 40 is in custody.

The suspect taken into custody was only identified as a 13-year-old boy. The remaining suspects involved in the incident are still subject to a search by authorities.

The Los Angeles Police Department has said that detectives are reviewing video from nearby security cameras. Reyes was outside the store at the time of the incident, trying to intervene.

“Next thing you know they take the electric scooter and hit him multiple times in the head, causing him to fall on the ground bleeding from head,” daughter Nelle Reyes said.

The teenagers fled the scene, leaving Reyes lying on the sidewalk. Reyes was transported to a hospital where he eventually passed away.

If you have information regarding the robbery, please call the LAPD at 877-527-3247 or make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitting it online at

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