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Police Raid 84 Homes Around Silver Lake In Hopes Of Finding Joseph Gatto's Murderer
Over 100 police officers raided homes around Silver Lake on Thursday in the continuing search for the suspect in the murder of Assemblyman Mike Gatto's father.
Lt. Walt Teague with Robbery Homicide Division confirmed the raid was prompted by a search for the suspect of the murder of Assemblyman Gatto's father, 78-year-old Joseph Gatto on Nov. 13, reported CBS Los Angeles. The elder Gatto was found dead with a gunshot wound in his abdomen in his Silver Lake home, which had been ransacked. This led officers to believe it was a home-invasion robbery. Police had previously asked the public for help in finding a piece of jewelry that was stolen from his home in hopes that it would lead them to the suspect. (Gatto was a jewelry craftsman and a retired L.A. Unified School District teacher.)
Officials reported that 12 people were arrested for parole violations and guns were seized from these homes. However, there was no immediate new leads discovered from the raid, according to CBS Los Angeles.
This sweep came soon after a $50,000 reward was announced for info leading to the arrest of the suspect. The sketch of the suspect had been released in November. A witness said she saw the suspect allegedly break into the victim's vehicle the night of the murder. Assemblyman Gatto tweeted about the reward:
Assemblyman Gatto moved to Silver Lake when he was five years old and was elected to serve the 43rd District in 2010, which represents areas including Silver Lake, Burbank, Glendale, Los Feliz, Hollywood, and Atwater Village.