Reward Payout Authorized In Beating Of Rowland Unified School District Police Officer

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved payout of two $5,000 rewards for information that led to the conviction of four juveniles responsible for the beating of a Rowland Unified School District Police Officer at Jellick Elementary School in Rowland Heights.

On August 15, 2006, the 62-year-old officer was investigating a burglary at Jellick Elementary when he was beaten with an aluminum baseball bat, receiving injuries to his head and eye. On August 22, 2006, Supervisors Gloria Molina and Don Knabe called for a $10,000 reward for information in the case. The next day, two tipsters contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Walnut Station, where they viewed video evidence. The tipsters were able to identify two subjects, who were students at Alvarado Intermediate School at the time. Because two separate tipsters aided in the investigation, the County has authorized payout of the $10,000 reward in the form of two separate amounts of $5,000 each. The two individuals who will receive the reward will remain anonymous.

Armed with information provided by the tipsters, investigators were able to ultimately arrest four juveniles responsible for the assault on the officer. Three of the juveniles were convicted of burglary and vandalism and sentenced to probation. The fourth juvenile was sentenced to eight years in custody.