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Man Arrested For Murder In 16-Year-Old Cold Case After Anonymous Tip

(Courtesy of the LAPD)
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When Daniel Felix was murdered on November 9, 2000, Hillary Clinton had just been elected to the United States Senate, presidential votes were still being counted in Florida, and Destiny's Child had the number one song in America. Felix, who died from a bullet wound, was an innocent bystander who paid the ultimate price for an act of civic virtue: he was shot while "trying to help out a young lady involved in a domestic dispute," according to LAPD Officer Kenneth Ahn. Police had no doubts about who murdered Felix; they believed the shooter was a then 30-year-old man named Samuel Calvario who had been arguing with his girlfriend when Felix intervened. Police filed a warrant for Calvario's arrest, but they were unable to locate him and eventually the case went cold.

Sixteen years later, the work of another good samaritan would lead to Calvario's arrest. Early last month, a woman made an anonymous call to the LAPD and left a voicemail saying she had spotted Calvario's photo on the department's Most Wanted page, and recognized him. According to the L.A. Times, she told police his location and "wished them luck." Detectives researched the information provided, and arrested Calvario, now 45, at his place of work 18 days later. There had been no substantial leads in the case before the tipster called, according to Ahn.

LAPD Officer Deen Alcaraz told LAist that Calvario was believed to have been living under an assumed identity, possibly with falsified identification papers.

Calvario will appear in court next week.