Rewards Approved and Renewed for Information on 2014 Slaying and Hit-and-Run Incidents in Long Beach

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $10,000 reward for information to help solve the murder of a man in a Denny’s parking lot and extended a reward regarding a hit-and-run incident that killed a wheelchair-bound man. Both incidents took place in 2014.

On March 23, 2014, Charles Bell was killed and three other victims were wounded just before 3:00AM in a parking lot outside of a Denny’s restaurant on Long Beach Boulevard.

“Detectives feel they are at a point where it would be beneficial to offer a reward, which may prompt reluctant witnesses to come forward,” Supervisor Don Knabe said.

Those with information are asked to call Long Beach police Detectives Scott Lasch or Donald Goodman at 562.570.7244.

In the case of the renewed reward, Knabe requested the $10,000 reward be extended for information that helps find the motorist who killed 55-year-old Jose Guevarra of Long Beach before 10:00PM on February 13.

A late-model green sedan, possible a BMW, hit Guevarra as he was crossing Santa Fe Avenue near Lincoln Street in his wheelchair. The motorist then sped away, as the victim was thrown out of the wheelchair due to the intensity of the impact.

In his motion, Knabe called it an “incredibly heinous crime.”

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Long Beach police Detective Sirilo Garcia at 562.570.7355 or Crime Stoppers at 800.222.TIPS (8477).

City News Service contributed to this report. 

Above, left: Supervisor Don Knabe. File photo. 

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