MONTEREY PARK, CA — Police hope that newly-released surveillance footage and a hefty reward can lead to the killer of a Filipino man’s wife, who was shot on the job during what appears to be a robbery attempt.
It was an emotional plea from the grieving family.
“Just like I said before, all I want is justice for my loving wife,” said Armando Escandor, husband of the victim.
Armando Escandor Senior watched as police unveiled surveillance video of the seconds before his wife of 25 years, Michelle Chen, was shot dead during a June 2 robbery attempt by an unknown assailant.
No money was taken, and investigators have no leads yet.
“Please help us catch this man, all I want to tell this man, is why did you have to go too far? So far as to take away an amazing woman from this world, and from the lives of my family,” said Armando Escandor Jr., his son.
Authorities also unveiled a $20,000 reward sponsored by the city of Alhambra and Escandor’s employer for information that can find this man — a medium-built suspect, who stood between 5’6 to 6-feet tall, and wore a hood and one glove.
Authorities are hoping someone can recognize this suspect’s movements and his voice.
“His body structure, his body movements, his mannerisms — those are the things we’re urging the public to really look at,” said Lt. Joe Mendoza. “We would really like to press on the public to really listen to the audio to see if they could recognize the voice.”
They are also on the look out for this Asian woman at the scene, who may be a key in solving the murder.
The footage shows the unidentified woman walking past the suspect as he entered the hotel lobby, moments before Chen’s death.
“We would desperately, as investigators in regards to this case, would like to speak and sit down with this woman,” said Det. Gary Sloan.
There have been no prior robberies in the relatively low crime area of Alhambra.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the LA Sheriff’s Department, or crime stoppers at 323-890-5500
The act of violence did bring out the good in others. A GoFundMe campaign has raised over $6,000 for Michelle’s memorial.