Public’s Help Needed Identifying Person of Interest in Murder of Long Beach Police Officer

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Sketch of man known as Bobby, a person of interest whose identity is being sought by Long Beach Police Department, in connection with 1975 murder of Officer Franke Lewis.

Sketch of man known as Bobby, a person of interest whose identity is being sought by Long Beach Police Department in connection with 1975 murder of Officer Franke Lewis.

Long Beach Police continue to ask for the public’s help with the murder investigation of Long Beach Police Officer Franke Lewis. Officer Lewis was murdered on December 13, 1975.

On November 3, 2015, the Long Beach Police Department announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Officer Lewis. At the news conference, police described two potential suspect vehicles as a mid 1970’s, black top, blue body Fleetwood Cadillac and an early 1960’s white Fleetwood Cadillac.

On November 4, 2015, in an effort to reach any residents who might still live in the area where Officer Lewis’ police badge and police identification were recovered in 1976, homicide detectives canvassed the neighborhood of 915 South Acacia Avenue, Compton. Detectives distributed flyers of the potential suspect vehicles and again urged anyone with information to come forward.

Since the November 3rd news conference, detectives have received several tips regarding the vehicles, possible vehicle owners, and possible suspects.

Detectives received information about an individual who spoke of killing a police officer in 1975 or 1976 but didn’t detail the time or place where it occurred. The suspect was described as:

  • African-American male
  • approximately 17 years old
  • medium build
  • black hair
  • first name of “Bobby”
  • living in the area of Central Long Beach during the time of the murder.

It’s possible “Bobby” drove a black top over blue 1970’s Pontiac Bonneville or Fleetwood Cadillac. A composite sketch of what “Bobby” would have looked like around 1975 has been created and detectives are hopeful the sketch will prompt leads in this investigation.

Detectives also learned that other African-American males and females were present with “Bobby” when the murder occurred. A person of interest is described as:

  • African-American female
  • between the ages of 18- and 20-years-old at the time
  • known by the nickname “Spider.”

Long Beach Police urge anyone who recognizes “Bobby” or who knows the identity of “Spider” to contact Long Beach Homicide Detectives T. Johnson, S. Robertson, or M. Bigel at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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