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News Release

Friday, November 5, 2010

Media Relations

Woman Found Dead Inside Her Home

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department Criminal Gang Homicide Division detectives have arrested 53-year-old John Ewell, a resident of Los Angeles, for the murder of 53- year-old Denise Roberts, also a resident of Los Angeles.

On October 13, 2010, at about 3:30 p.m., Roberts’ husband returned home to the 12600 block of South Hoover Street to discover his wife dead inside the home.  He immediately called 911.  

Paramedics responded and pronounced Mrs. Roberts dead at the scene.  The cause of death is pending the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office investigation.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call LAPD’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division detectives at 213-485-4341.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.