$50K offered in Hollywood murder case

HOLLYWOOD Investigators say that Oscar Antonio Escobar, 20, was gunned down for no reason by two suspected gang members.

It happened on April 25 just before 11:30 p.m. in Hollywood near Melrose Avenue and Hobart Street.

"He was simply walking home. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. You got two suspects who cared nothing about life and decided he was their target for the night," said LAPD Det. Wendi Berndt.

Investigators say that Escobar had just crossed Melrose on his way home when two gang members pulled up in a car. As soon as they asked Escobar where he was from, a standard gang question, the father of three knew he was in trouble.

He turn and ran but the suspects chased him down -- then shot shot and killed him.

"This was a man who was doing nothing but trying to support his young family. It was just a senseless murder," said Det. Berndt.

Detectives have no solid suspect descriptions. They have very little to go on except the vehicle description, which has been described as a dark-colored 1990 sedan.

They are hoping that a $50,000 reward will help crack the case.

Melrose is a very busy street, especially on a Friday night. Detectives say that they are almost certain more people likely witnessed the murder.

Escobar's wife, now a single mother of three young children, is hoping someone will come forward with a vital clue that can help catch her husband's killers.

"If they can put their hand on their heart, even if they don't want to say who they are, they can call and tell them anonymously," said Escobar's wife.

Anyone with information is urged to call (877) LAW-FULL or (877) 529-3855.


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