$50K reward offered for info leading to murder conviction

Joseph Gatto, 78, found shot to death on Nov. 13th

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles City Council signed off Tuesday on a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible for the killing of Joseph Gatto, the 78-year-old father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

The emergency reward motion, introduced by council members Tom LaBonge, Mitch O'Farrell and Joe Buscaino, was approved 12-0.

Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti are scheduled to discuss the reward at an afternoon news conference. The assemblyman and his family are expected to be in attendance.

Joseph Gatto, a former teacher, was found shot to death Nov. 13 in his home in the 2800 block of Bright Lane in Silver Lake.

A suspect was spotted the night before the killing and threatened witnesses with death when he was caught breaking into a vehicle in the 2300 block of Moreno Drive, according to Officer Sara Faden of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.

When the first of two witnesses confronted the suspect, he pointed a gun and threatened to kill her. When another witness confronted the suspect, he repeated the threat. He then fled on foot down public stairs on Tesla Avenue.

The suspect was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds and in his early 20s. He was wearing a multi-colored hooded sweatshirt and tan pants, a tan backpack and displayed a handgun.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Los Angeles police detectives Barry Telis or Chris Gable at (213) 486-6890 or the LAPD's hotline at (877) 527-3247.

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