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Police seek public's help to find murder suspect

Brent D. Zubek, 43, is suspected of killing a man and woman whose bodies were found Friday in Chatsworth. He eluded capture Sunday, police say.

August 15, 2011|By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
  • A cyclist passes the house in the 20400 block of Lassen Street in Chatsworth where police found two bodies Friday.
A cyclist passes the house in the 20400 block of Lassen Street in Chatsworth… (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles…)

Hours after he eluded capture, Los Angeles police asked for the public's help in apprehending a man suspected of murdering two people in Chatsworth.

Police suspect Brent D. Zubek, 43, of killing a man and woman whose bodies were found by police investigators Friday night at a home in the 20400 block of Lassen Street. The Los Angeles County coroner's office has not identified the victims.

Police offered few details at a news conference held Sunday afternoon at the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division. They wouldn't say when the victims were killed or their relationship to Zubek. Police also would not say whether the victims lived in the house, which has changed hands at least once in recent months after a foreclosure. They did say that Zubek once lived in the house.

Police said undercover officers spotted Zubek around noon Sunday. Police Capt. Kris Pitcher said an undercover unit posted in the 9400 block of Sepulveda Boulevard had been watching a Ford F-150 truck connected with Zubek when the suspect got inside and drove off.

According to Pitcher, the officers tailed the truck at normal speeds without using the siren. They decided not to pull Zubek over because he is considered armed and dangerous and the officers were waiting for backup units. Pitcher said Zubek used a "series of maneuvers" to elude the undercover officers.

The truck was found in the early afternoon in a parking lot on Van Nuys Boulevard.

A man named Brent Darrin Zubek, about the same age as the murder suspect, pleaded guilty in 1993 to felonies related to five bank robberies in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

Anyone with information on Zubek is asked to call LAPD Devonshire Division homicide detectives at (818) 832-0609.

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