Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

LAPD denies doctored photo of murder suspect was a coverup, despite Web speculation

It began Thursday with a one-sentence observation on Fark.com and a link to a mugshot on the LAPD's website of one of the city's most-wanted criminals, a large, shirtless man with a skin-tone rectangle obscuring part of his chest.

HuffingtonPost.com soon weighed in with the observation that suspect Eduardo Ibarra Perez, 44, had assets "so appalling that they're not fit for public viewing."

England's Daily Mail newspaper weighed in a few days later with an article.

But LAPD officials say it wasn't morality they had in mind when they decided to alter Perez's photo. Their aim was to block out booking information that is typically included in a suspect's booking photograph.

"This photo was posted when the department's website was launched back in the late 1990s," said LAPD spokeswoman Mary Grady  "At the time, the department was still trying to determine how much information they wanted to make public so it was not unusual for the department to blur booking information."

Perez remains wanted for allegedly shooting his wife to death in 1994 in Sun Valley in what police described as a domestic violence case.

"This man's picture has been on our website for more than a decade," Grady said. "Perhaps all of this attention will help us capture the suspect and close the case."

--Andrew Blankstein

Photo credit: LAPD

Comments () | Archives (7)

Like who really cares? Get a life. The only good this article might do is help catch the scum bag.

Nice rack.

La familia, otra vez. Si Se Puede!!!

"Coverup" – snicker snicker

But of course, what compliments a nice pair of breasts better than a thick black mustache?

He was probably illegal and did what all mexicans do when wanted - cowardly flee to mexico.

Really? This is news? Good job, L.A. Times.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: