The prime suspect and an accomplice wanted in the murder of Los Angeles Police Officer Daniel Pratt are still at large despite the offer of $15,000 in reward money, Police Department officials said Tuesday.
The reward, offered last week for information leading to the arrests of Kirkton Phenor Moore, 27, and Raylene Brooks, 17, was described as unique by Cmdr. William Booth, a police spokesman, in that there is no requirement that the arrests lead to a conviction.
“We’ve had calls from people who know them, but they haven’t been able to pinpoint their location,” Booth said. “We don’t know where they are. We’ve had reports they were in Canada and may have returned recently. Also that they have traveled to other states.”
Both suspects are gang members, Booth said.
The $15,000 reward--offered by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the police officer’s union--provides that the full amount be paid for information leading to the arrest of Moore, identified as the suspected triggerman in the fatal shooting of Pratt in a police chase after a gang shooting in South-Central Los Angeles the night of Sept. 3.
Booth said $5,000 of the amount would be paid for information leading to the arrest of Brooks alone. Police say she was driving the car from which the fatal shot was fired. Booth identified Brooks as Moore’s girlfriend, and conceded that there are concerns for her safety as a key witness in the case.
Normally, Booth said, the Police Department would have been prevented by law from revealing the identity of Brooks or releasing her photograph, since she is a minor. But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathryn D. Todd, presiding juvenile judge, authorized release of her name to assist in her capture.
Pratt, 30, was on a plainclothes surveillance assignment when he and his partner heard gunfire near 67th Street and 11th Avenue. After spotting a car leaving the scene of a drive-by shooting, they gave chase. Pratt was fatally shot in the face with an automatic rifle, allegedly fired by Moore.
People with information about the suspects should call police at (213) 485-2165 or (213) 485-3261, Booth said.