Four suspects identified in Laurel Avenue homicide

By Edwin Folven, 11/29/2012

Homicide suspects to be arraigned on Friday


Four suspects are scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 30 for the murder of a 42-year-old Laurel Avenue resident who was found shot to death on his front porch on Nov. 1.

Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, said the crime was gang-related, but no further information would be released until a preliminary hearing occurs. A criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that the victim, Erik Poltorak, was murdered because he had witnessed a separate crime.

The criminal complaint names the defendants as Allen Edward Williams, 23, Michael Thomas, 47, Yvonne DeCarlos Keith, 49, and Jessicha Tomasina Thomas, 20. Williams allegedly fired the shot that killed Poltorak, and Michael Thomas and Keith also participated in the crime. All three are charged with one count of murder. Jessicha Thomas is charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact, a felony, for allegedly helping the other three defendants after the murder. Det. Jim Freund, of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit, said the case is still under investigation, and would not provide any further details. The criminal case was filed on Nov. 7.

Poltorak lived in a single-family residence on Laurel Avenue, just north of Beverly Boulevard. A co-worker found his body around 11:20 a.m. on Nov. 1. He had reportedly been shot with a shotgun. Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like gunshots between 2 and 2:30 a.m., but did not notify authorities.

Poltorak has been described in media reports as executive vice president of an intimate apparel company called Roleplayfashion. Media reports also stated that Poltorak had been robbed previously and may have been called to be a witness in an upcoming court trial. Neither Robison or Freund would comment on those details. Robison said specifics are generally kept confidential in cases where a witness to a crime has been murdered.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact investigators with the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit at (213)382-9470. During weekends and off-hours, people can call (877)LAPD247.



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5 Responses to “Four suspects identified in Laurel Avenue homicide”

  1. Margaret says:

    Again, you are the only website to follow up on this so far. Keep up the good work!

  2. Michelle says:

    Yes, thank you so much for reporting this important information, please continue updating this story.

  3. eriks friend says:

    Erik was a good man and a good father and did not deserve this. Thank you for keeping us informed with the news as I am interested in seeing these evil individuals put to justice. Rest in Peace Erik, your kind heart and loving spirit will not be forgotten. JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED.

  4. Kevin says:

    Does anyone know what the outcome of the trail was or if this has gone to trial yet? Erik was a good guy that I knew for many years, I hope these savages spend the rest of their lives behind bars. His daughter has to grow up w/o a father because of these heinous people.

    [The defendants in the case will next be in court on Feb. 11 for a pretrial hearing. They are all charged with one count of murder, and remain in custody. -Ed Folven]

  5. Kevin says:

    Would it be possible to please get another update on the trail against these people who murdered Erik? This appears to be the only site with any type of follow up on the case. I am optimistic that they will eventually be brought to justice. Thank you.

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