Rodriguez Proposes $50,000 Reward to Help Find Killer of Van Nuys Man

Davon Pledger

City Councilmember Monica Rodriguez has proposed that a $50,000 reward be authorized for information that helps solve the killing of a 26-year-old man in Pacoima.

LAPD detectives have been investigating the killing of Davon Pledger, 26, that occurred on May 9 and has also sought the public’s helping in trying to identify and arrest the suspects.

Valley Bureau Homicide investigators said Pledger, of Van Nuys, was standing in front of a home in the 13200 block of Cornelius Street at 10:45 p.m. when a dark-colored sedan drove up and a passenger and the driver jumped out. The duo fired several shots, got into the sedan and drove away in an unknown direction.

Officers arrived to find Pledger on the ground suffering from several gunshot wounds and not breathing. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

The reward motion will be considered next week by the full Los Angeles City Council.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1925. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit,and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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