Arcadia Police Department

250 West Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91066-6021

Tel: (626) 574-5151
Fax: (626) 447-6581

Robert T. Guthrie
Police Chief

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.

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$40,000 REWARD


Crime:  Case #07-6546.  Murder, PC 187.  Occurred on Sunday, 11/25/07 at 9:25PM in the 800 block of W. Naomi Ave.  Suspect walked into business through the back door and confronted employees.  Suspect then fired his weapon, striking and killing an employee.  The suspect took money from the register and an employee, and fled out the back door.  No vehicle was seen or heard.

Suspect(s) Description:  Male, Hispanic or African-American, black beanie, black jacket, black pants, black shoes.  Wearing a sweatshirt underneath jacket, with unknown logo on front.

Weapon Description:  Black, semi-automatic.  No further description available.

If Spotted:  Do not attempt to contact; should be considered armed and dangerous.  Please call the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5151.  *A $40,000 reward is offered to anybody who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of this suspect.*

- Seeking The Public's Help:  Murder -

The City of Arcadia and the State of California has established a reward for information leading to the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint against the person or persons responsible for the act of Homicide perpetrated against Charlotte Cole.

On Saturday, September 1, 2001, officers from the Arcadia Police Department responded to a 911 emergency call at the Coco's Restaurant located at 59 W. Las Tunas Drive, Arcadia.  Upon arrival, officers located a white Ford Aerostar van in the rear parking lot of the restaurant.  Inside the van, officers discovered the body of Charlotte Cole of Arcadia, 50 years old, slumped over the steering wheel.  It was determined that Cole had suffered multiple stab wounds and was the victim of a homicide.

Detectives from the Arcadia Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have conducted an intensive investigation and examination of evidence recovered in an effort to identify the perpetrator. The person responsible for this brutal killing has yet to be identified.

Based on evaluation of the crime scene, it is believed that an argument with an unknown occupant of the vehicle preceded the event. This argument is thought to have been observed by several witnesses in the area. Detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying the perpetrator and events that led to the death of Charlotte Cole and are requesting that these witnesses come forward.

If you have information in this matter, please contact Arcadia Police Department Crimes Against Persons Detectives at (626) 574-5168 or (626) 574-5169 or the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau (323) 890-5500. 

Refer to Arcadia Police Department Case #01-5294.

If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the tip web page at Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers.