The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized two $10,000 rewards today, at the request of Supervisor Don Knabe, for information related to two recent homicides in the City of Long Beach.
On Saturday, January 22, 2011, shortly before 8:00 p.m., Long Beach police officers responded to a convenience store in the 1900-block of East 4th Street regarding a call of shots fired. When officers arrived, they discovered the body of 53-year-old Sor Phouam, who was a well-known and long-time store employee. Mr. Phouam had sustained a gunshot wound to his upper torso and was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
A preliminary investigation revealed that two male suspects entered the business with the intent to commit a robbery. Detectives have released a video depicting the suspects and few witnesses have come forward so far.
On Monday, August 30, 2010, Heather Broadus, 27, was found lying deceased on the sidewalk in front of the residence at 347 E. 56th Street in Long Beach. The victim had been shot in the upper torso and was discovered a short distance away from her hotel room. Detectives conducted an extensive investigation and were unable to identify the person (s) who killed the victim or determine the motive for the senseless killing.
Detectives feel it would be beneficial to offer a reward for both of these cases, which may prompt reluctant witnesses to come forward and provide information to identify the individuals responsible for this crime. They can remain anonymous.
Anyone having any information related to either of these incidents is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department’s Homicide Division at (562) 570-7244. The identity of all callers will remain confidential.