Homicide detectives arrest 5 in murder of Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Owen

Slain Sgt. Steve Owen
Slain Sgt. Steve Owen

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Owen. Sergeant Owen was gunned down while on duty, on October 5, 2016, in the city of Lancaster.

On Thursday, January 12, 2017, Homicide Detectives, with the assistance of personnel from Major Crimes Bureau, Operation Safe Streets Bureau, Narcotics Bureau, Emergency Operations Bureau, Lancaster and Palmdale Stations, and the Department of Children and Family Services, arrested five male Blacks reportedly connected to assisting 27 year-old, Trenton Trevon Lovell evade arrest after he murdered Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Owen.

Citizens put their hands on their hearts as local Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies and firefighters salute fallen Sgt. Steve Owen as a procession in his honor moved northbound on Highway 14 past the Golden Valley Bridge in October. Sgt. Owen was the first line-of-duty fatality for the sheriff’s department in several years. Katharine Lotze/Signal

Four suspects, 31year-old Lydell Herd, 28 year-old Robert Thomas, 24 year-old Richard Cowley, and 27 year-old Larry Johnson, are residents of Los Angeles.

The 5th suspect, 18 year-old Deshawn Peterson, is a resident of Lancaster.  All were arrested yesterday, pursuant to arrest warrants, at or near their residences.

Mourners pay their respects to fallen Sgt. Steve Owen on the Golden Valley Bridge as a procession the Lancaster sheriff’s deputy’s honor drove from Los Angeles to Lancaster in October. Katharine Lotze/Signal

Homicide detectives developed undisclosed information that the suspects attempted to help Trenton Lovell evade arrest after he shot Sergeant Steve Owen and held two teens hostage at their home near the shooting scene.  Lovell was ultimately arrested outside of the teens’ residence without incident.

Firefighters prepare to raise an American flag on Engine 104 on the Golden Valley Bridge overpass above Highway 14 on Thursday as a procession in honor of fallen Lancaster sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Steve Owen moves from Los Angeles north to Lancaster. Katharine Lotze/Signal

A sixth individual, 24 year-old, female Black, Sakina Rashiduddin, of Los Angeles, was also arrested for outstanding warrants during yesterday’s operation.

In addition, Suspect Herd was charged with possession of narcotics for sale, Thomas and Cowley were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, and Johnson with parole violation.

Hundreds of attendees hold up candles at a candlelight vigil honoring Sgt. Steve Owen at the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station in Valencia in October. Dan Watson/The Signal

The arrest charges will be brought to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for filing consideration.

The gunman, Trenton Trevon Lovell, remains incarcerated at Men’s Central Jail. He was arraigned for the murder of Sergeant Steve Owen on January 9, 2017, and has a preliminary hearing on February 15, 2017, at Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Court, 42011 4th Street West, Lancaster.

Kamryn Zimmerman, 4, ties a blue ribbon to the chainlink fence on the Golden Valley Bridge over Highway 14 on Thursday to pay respects to fallen Lancaster sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Steve Owen. Katharine Lotze/Signal

There will be no press conference and booking photos will not be released.

The investigation is ongoing, and there are no further details at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP, or “P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired, on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website https://lacrimestoppers.org.

Written by:
Guillermina Saldaña, Deputy
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Hall of Justice – First floor
211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Website LASD HQ: https://www.lasd.org

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