Los Angeles police released a description of a suspect sought in connection with a Silver Lake assault that officials said "may be connected" to the slaying of Joseph Gatto, father of a state assemblyman, found shot to death in his home last week.
The flier included a composite sketch of the suspect in the Nov. 12 assault, which occurred after a woman confronted a man breaking into a vehicle in the 2300 block of Moreno Drive. The man pointed a gun at the woman "and threatened to kill her," the flier said, and repeated the threat to another witness before running down a set of public stairs on Tesla Avenue.
The account matched an email widely circulated among Silver Lake residents after the incident, in which a woman wrote that after she ran after the suspect, he turned and shouted: "Do you want to die tonight?"
Gatto, the father of Assemblyman Mike Gatto, was found dead in his home the next day, just blocks from where the assault occurred. The 78-year-old died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, though authorities have declined to say when exactly they believe he was killed.