Glendale police have released new surveillance footage showing a person of interest sought in connection with a hit-and-run collision last Friday that killed a 72-year-old woman.
The woman police are seeking can be seen in the video purchasing items from Castle Liquor located on the corner of Allen Avenue and San Fernando Road.
The liquor store is about a block away from where Novar Ismailyan was struck and killed by a vehicle sometime before 7:20 p.m.
Authorities said Ismailyan was on her way home after shopping at a nearby grocery store and was crossing the street near the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Linden Avenue.
Sgt. Dan Suttles, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department, said Ismailyan was almost on the other side of the street when the collision occurred. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ismailyan would have turned 73 on Dec. 31.
Authorities have offered a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of a suspect in the incident.
While there were no witnesses to the collision, Suttles said people did see a woman get out of a vehicle she was driving near Glenoaks and Allen to inspect it seconds after Ismailyan was killed.
However, they were unaware of the fatal collision that occurred only a block away.
“It was almost immediate,” Suttles said. “She stops for a few seconds and then continues on.”
He also said several witnesses told officers they didn’t hear any tires screeching prior to seeing the woman getting out of her vehicle.
Surveillance footage from a nearby business shows the woman stopping her vehicle along the street and turning on her hazard lights before getting out.
The woman is described as white and in her late 50s to early 70s. The vehicle is said to be a black Toyota Prius made sometime between 2004 and 2015.
She is believed to be the same woman seen at the liquor store as the Prius was also spotted parked outside of the business minutes later.
Suttles said the woman had put a hood over her head when she arrived at the store to conceal her identity. She paid for her items in cash and security footage showed the woman attempting to avoid cameras inside the store, he added.
“We’re hoping this $50,000 reward will spark some more interest in the case,” Suttles said.
Anyone with information about the driver or vehicle involved in the incident can contact Glendale police at (818) 548-4911.
Anonymous tips can be sent to (800) 222-8477.
Dec. 26, 1:00 p.m.: This article was updated with additional comments from Glendale police about the suspect.
Dec. 26, 12:10 p.m.: This article was updated with new footage released by Glendale police of the suspect.
This article was originally published on Dec. 24 at 12:50 p.m.