THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA) — Ventura County sheriff’s investigators are hoping new know-how will assist convey the killers of a Camarillo mom and Thousand Oaks financial institution teller to justice after 24 years.
Monica Leech, a longtime financial institution teller simply two months into a brand new job at Western Monetary Financial institution on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, was executed by a financial institution robber on April 28, 1997.
“For me, they took away a soulmate,” her husband Floyd mentioned. “We have now children which are rising up and not using a mother, we now have grandkids that can by no means know her and that hurts.”
“We all know the lads accountable for this crime are nonetheless on the market,” Ventura County Sheriff Invoice Ayub mentioned in a press release. “There are individuals near them who know precisely what they did, and the suitable piece of data could be the break we want on this case.”
In accordance with investigators, on the day of the theft, two males wearing onerous hats and reflective vests held up the financial institution’s staff and clients at gunpoint. Leech had obeyed the robbers’ orders and didn’t resist, however for some motive, she was shot behind the top as she was being handcuffed. The 2 males have been final seen leaving the financial institution in a 1994 Ford Explorer that grew to become concerned in a crash a short while later. The SUV, which had been painted a special colour after the theft, was discovered and seized by investigators.
Investigators are hopeful with know-how now out there, they’ll develop a DNA profile from the “extraordinarily small traces of DNA” that have been collected from handcuffs and different gadgets. They’ve additionally launched composite sketches of the suspects based mostly on witness descriptions from the theft and the following visitors accident.
“Together with handcuffs that have been used to safe her and we’re hoping that some hint DNA could be lifted off of these handcuffs and determine the suspect,” mentioned Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow. “We all know these two suspects have been Crips gang members, we all know precisely the crew of Crips gang members they belong to.”
Floyd and investigators hope the brand new know-how and the general public’s assistance will give them the break within the case that they want.
A $30,000 reward from the FBI, together with $1,000 from Ventura County Crime Stoppers, is being provided for info resulting in the suspects on this case. Anybody with details about the suspects on this case can name Detective Aaron Grass at (805) 384-4726.