The Los Angeles City Council approved Councilmember Bernard C. Parks’ reward motion in the amount of $50,000 for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Maria Elena Rivas.
On December 22, 2014 at approximately 6:30 p.m., 62-year-old Maria Elena Rivas was walking home from the Ralph’s grocery store located at 2600 South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles where she stopped to purchase groceries for the holiday season. As she was walking west on Adams Boulevard near Catalina Avenue, a few blocks from the Ralph’s, she was attacked and robbed of her purse. During this attack, she was fatally stabbed by her assailant or assailants. Detectives are continuing to investigate this case and hope that a monetary reward compels members of the public to provide information on this crime. Anyone with information is urged to call the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-4341.