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Unsolved Homicides

Lakewood Police Unsolved Homicide Cases

LPD Case #033261319 Assigned Investigator A. Lee

On November 22nd 2003, screaming and fighting were heard coming from the motel room of a 78 year old Korean male, Dong Jung. He was staying at the Golden Lion Motel located at the 9000 block of South Tacoma Way. When the motel manager checked on the room, Dong Jung was gone and there was a significant amount of blood in the room. The blood was later determined to be Dong Jung’s. The conditions of the room combined with various items left behind in the room indicate that Dong Jung was the victim of violence and is most likely deceased somewhere. As of the present time, Dong Jung is still missing and his body was never discovered. The case remains active.

Tips or information can be called into Inv. Lee at (253) 830-5078 or the LPD Tip Line (253) 830-5064.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (253) 591-5959 or submitted through our website.

 

LPD Case #053360891 Assigned to Lt. C. Lawler/Homicide Unit

Lakewood Police detectives and the FBI need your help in finding out what happened to Adre’anna Jackson, a 10-year-old girl from the Tillicum area of Lakewood. She was last seen walking from her family’s apartment on Portland Ave. SW to Tillicum Elementary at 7:45 a.m. on the morning of Friday December 2nd, 2005. Her remains were found on April 4th in a vacant lot in the 7500 block of 146th St. SW in the Woodbrook area of Lakewood, approximately 2 miles from her house. Detectives fear her death may have been a result of foul play and are looking for any information regarding this investigation.

Tips or information can be called into Lt. Lawler at (253) 830-5011 or the LPD Tip Line (253) 830-5064.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (253) 591-5959 or submitted through our website.

 

LPD Case #063360054 Assigned to Det. J. Paynter

On December 2nd 2006, at 12:48 AM, police dispatch put out a report of shots fired with a man down at the Best Nights Inn located at 9325 South Tacoma Way. Officers responded and located the victim, later identified as Derrell Lamont Sanders (7/31/79), lying in the parking lot. Sanders had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest. Sanders was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. A K9 track was unsuccessful in locating the suspect (s). A post-mortem examination revealed that Sanders suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest consistent with the expended 9mm casing and bullet recovered at the scene. During the ensuing investigation, numerous leads were developed, and several persons of interest were brought to investigators attention. The case remains unsolved.

Tips or information can be called into Det. Paynter at (253) 830-5000 or the LPD Tip Line (253) 830-5064.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (253) 591-5959 or submitted through our website.

 

Pierce County Sheriff/LPD Case #000090107 Assigned to Det. J. Paynter

On January 9th 2000, at approximately 2:16 AM, William Pugh and Justin Littleton were found shot to death at the Hidden Lake Apartments located at 5423 110th St. SW Lakewood. During the crime scene investigation, multiple spent bullets were recovered. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office conducted the initial investigation and developed a person of interest in the case. However, evidence was insufficient for charging. The Lakewood Police Department assumed responsibility for the case and developed and eliminated numerous leads. The case remains unsolved. Picture on the left is of victim Justin Littleton. No picture is available for William Pugh.

Tips or information can be called into Det. Paynter at (253) 830-5000 or the LPD Tip Line (253) 830-5064.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (253) 591-5959 or submitted through our website.

 

LPD Case #040370905 Assigned to Det. R. Punzalan

On February 6th, 2004 Daitwon Young was found at his residence at the Crown Point Apartments 2610 84TH SC S #C, in Lakewood lying on his back by the rear slider in a pool of blood. He was barely conscious and wasn't able to provide any information about what happened to him. Lakewood Fire responded to the scene. Two witnesses were contacted who were both inside the apartment when the incident took place. Witnesses said they had been playing video games with Young earlier and had fallen asleep on the floor next to the couch. One witness said he heard a loud noise. The witness said someone had kicked the door and then he heard someone say, "What up now Nigga?" The witness said he heard a loud pop and then Young jumped over the top of him and said, "I've been shot". The witness said he looked over towards the door and saw someone dressed in red run away. the witness said he did not get a look at the person who fired the shot. A second witness said she was in the bedroom asleep when she heard a loud noise. Witness #2 said then she heard a loud "Pop" and then she came out and saw that Young had been shot. No viable leads have been developed to identify a suspect at this time.  (Picture coming soon)

LPD Case #071181157 Assigned to Det. R. Punzalan

On April 28th, 2007 a shooting occurred at 12621 Lincoln Ave SW. The victim was found shot in the northeast corner of the parking lot next to a large dumpster. The victim who was identified as Melvin Whitaker Jr. was apparently visiting his sister in apartment #2 when he told several subjects that he was going for a walk and was shot. Whitaker was shot once in the chest, by what appeared to be a small caliber gun. Several witnesses reported seeing an older gray Ford Taurus with a lighter colored door leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed after the shooting. The witnesses also reported seeing a black male passenger in the car between the ages of thirty and forty with a beard and glasses. None of the witnesses recognized the car or saw the license plate number to the vehicle. This is still an active investigation at this time. (Picture coming soon)


LPD Case #072921466 Assigned to Gang Unit Investigator S. Conlon

On October 19th, 2007 at about 11:30 PM, the victim, Adrian Serrano, was found deceased in his apartment at 10210 Kline ST SW in Lakewood. Serrano was shot and killed by an unknown subject sometime between 2:00 AM and 11:30 PM, however witnesses recalled hearing possible gunshots around 3:00 AM.  It is possible this homicide is tied to the Tyrone Mahone homicide that occurred a week prior in Lakewood.

 

Tips or information can be called into Inv. Conlon at (253) 830-5048 or the LPD Tip Line (253) 830-5064.  Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at (253) 591-5959 or submitted through our website.