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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Detectives Investigate the Murder of an 82-year-old man NR14070wr

February 20, 2014

***UPDATE***

On February 15, 2014, the Los Angeles Coroner's Office listed Mr. Major's death as a homicide, by strangulation.

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, members of the FBI/LAPD Fugitive Task Force located and arrested 44 year-old Scott Kratlian, also known as Scott Porter.  On February 20, 2014, the District Attorney filed murder charges (187 PC) against the suspect and he will be arraigned today.  

Los Angeles:
  LAPD West Bureau Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information on the murder of 82-year-old Harry Major.

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, around 7:20 p.m., LAPD Hollywood Area Patrol officers responded to a radio call of a death investigation at 1400 N. block of Vista Street. When the officers entered the residence they found the body of Harry Major. Los Angeles Fire Department rescue personnel responded and pronounced the victim dead.

An undetermined death investigation was conducted by LAPD West Bureau Homicide detectives.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide Detective  S. Katz at 213-382-9470.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”


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