PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — Police in Pasadena have announced the arrest Monday of a suspect they originally thought committed a murder in 1988 but couldn’t prove.
The case had long gone cold.
On February 27, 1988, police responded to reports of a shooting in the area of Lake Ave. and Orange Grove Boulevard.
When officers arrived, they located a 39-year-old male, identified as Leroy Galloway, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Galloway was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
Witnesses observed a suspect fleeing the area and provided descriptions to police. Authorities investigated numerous leads, which led to the arrest of a suspected shooter, identified as Albert Ahmad Clark. Limited forensics at the time gave the state insufficient evidence to prosecute Clark for homicide and he was released without charges being filed in February 1989.
In 2013, Galloway’s family contacted the police requesting detectives review the case. An extensive examination of the file identified evidence that was now tested using more state-of-the-art forensics. Test results by the Los Angeles County Crime Lab again implicated Clark.
On December 7, Clark, now 53, was arrested by the United States Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force as he left his LA residence. Clark was booked for homicide.
The case was presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Wednesday and they charged Clark with murder. He remains in custody at the Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $2 million.
The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Pasadena Police Detective Dustin Gomez at (626) 744-7112.