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May 21 - RHE Murder Update

Post Date:05/21/2018 4:00 PM

Consistent with our promise to the public of full and timely disclosure, the Sheriff’s Department has released the following update about the Susan Leeds homicide investigation:

On 05/17/18, Investigators arrested Cherie Townsend for the murder of Susan Leeds. The facts of the case were presented to the District Attorney’s Office which worked with LASD Homicide Detectives through the weekend reviewing all the associated documents known at this time. Prosecutors are requesting additional follow up to be conducted as they continue to work closely with the LASD Homicide Detectives. On 05/21/18, Cherie Townsend will be released from the custody of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. As an update to the LASD press conference on Friday 5/18/18, the general public has come forward and provided additional information in this case which has been followed up on appropriately.

The focus of our investigation has absolutely not changed. The investigation has progressed. It is not unusual for prosecutors to request additional information and we are confident this homicide case is moving forward. Investigators also had the opportunity to obtain key statements from a suspect and collect physical evidence that is now undergoing rigorous forensic examination at the LASD Crime Lab. We share the same goal as the District Attorney’s Office and that is to achieve a successful prosecution that brings resolution and justice for Susan Leed’s family. Our Homicide Investigators still believe that this remains an isolated incident in a historically safe community. As a measure of reassurance, the LASD has increased visibility of their deputies in Rolling Hills Estates and remains in close contact with the city on further developments in this case. The community still plays an important role. We are asking anyone who was at the Promenade Shopping Center in Rolling Hills Estates on May 3, 2018 between 9:30am and 12:30pm to contact LASD Homicide Detective Quintero or Detective Austin at 323-890-5500.

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