LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A $10,000 reward was offered Tuesday for information leading to the arrest of two women accused of fatally beating a 65-year-old man at a Blue Line train stop.
John Wayne Whitmore was beaten on June 13 while waiting for a train in the 10000 block of Willowbrook Avenue, between Imperial Highway and Wilmington Avenue in Commerce, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Whitmore was waiting for a Metro train after he went shopping for his medication when two women approached him and beat him severely after a brief argument, officials said.
“It doesn’t make any sense for somebody to beat up an elderly person that cannot defend themselves,” the victim’s sister Genevieve Whitmore-Aldrich said.
Whitmore was transported to St. Francis Hospital with blunt force trauma to the head where he later succumbed to his injury, according to Officer Nicole Nishida.
Police released security footage Tuesday asking anyone who recognizes themselves in the video or may have witnessed the incident to come forward.
“I would beg anyone that saw it — don’t be afraid to come forward, because it could happen to anybody,” Whitmore-Aldrich said. “It was a vicious crime, and it obviously took awhile. It wasn’t just a hit and a fall, so that’s why I plead for somebody to come forward because there were a lot of people that saw it.”
Anyone with information should contact the LASD at (323)267-4800.