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Reward offered in case of slain couple dumped in trash

August 19, 2011 |  4:07 pm

Chatsworth homeOfficials on Friday announced a $75,000 reward for information leading to the person who killed two people and dumped their bodies in a trash bin outside a home in Chatsworth.

The bodies were found in a state of decomposition Friday night at the home in the 20400 block of Lassen Street.

Police suspect Brent D. Zubek, 43, of killing a man and woman.

Police said undercover officers spotted Zubek around noon Sunday. An undercover unit posted in the 9400 block of Sepulveda Boulevard had been watching a Ford F-150 truck connected with Zubek when the suspect got inside and drove off.

The officers tailed the truck at normal speeds without using the siren. They decided not to pull Zubek over because he is considered armed and dangerous and the officers were waiting for backup units.

Police said Zubek used a "series of maneuvers" to elude the undercover officers.

Los Angeles Councilman Mitchell Englander announced the reward at a news conference Friday.

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Photo: A cyclist passes the house in the 20400 block of Lassen Street in Chatsworth where police found two bodies Friday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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