On Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at approximately 6:58 p.m., one-year-old baby Autumn Johnson was shot inside her home in the 300 block of North Holly Avenue in the city of Compton. Responding deputies, in an attempt at saving her life, rushed baby Autumn to the hospital in their patrol car but she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The suspects in the shooting death fled the scene and were outstanding.
Subsequently a $75,000 reward was offered by the City of Compton, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Sheriff’s Homicide investigators along with Compton Sheriff’s Station Operation Safe Streets gang investigators assumed the investigation. During their investigation they received information as to the identity of the suspect responsible for the murder.
On Monday, February 22, 2016 at approximately 2:30 p.m., detectives from the Compton Station Operation Safe Streets – Gang Unit located the suspect in the area of Bullis Road and Rosecrans Avenue in the city of Compton. Ray Howard Patterson, 23, was arrested for the murder of baby Autumn.
Suspect Patterson was booked at Compton Station and is being held without bail. Suspect Patterson is scheduled to appear at Los Angeles Superior Compton Courthouse on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 for arraignment.
Investigators continue their investigation into the murder for additional evidence and suspects.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the websitehttp://lacrimestoppers.org.
Captain Johnson went on to further say this is a result of the community working very closely with law enforcement. Leads on this investigation were coming in within 24-48 hours after the incident. We were getting a lot of leads from the community, and I am very happy that our community said enough is enough. We are tired of living in silence and in fear and we are going to say something about it. Because of the collaboration with our federal law enforcement partners, the City Council, the Board of Supervisors, and the Federal Burea of Investigation we were able to come up with the reward motion to further additional tips coming in and ultimately lead to the arrest of the suspect.