Leykis update: Deadline pushed back to Monday; news of suspect in custody is ‘nice to see’


An update to Friday’s story from the L.A. Daily News (linked here):

Tom Leykis, the former FM-radio shock jock who has been trying to contribute $50,000 to the $200,000 total reward money offered by the Los Angeles Police Department for information that leads to the arrest of two suspects in the Dodger Stadium beating off San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, says he has pushed his deadline to 5 p.m. Monday in light of some progress.

Leykis, frustrated so much in his efforts to get his money in the pool along with the Dodgers, Giants, L.A. City Council, County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and the ambulance company that Stow works for that he threatened to rescind the offer at 5 p.m. last Friday, said an LAPD media relations representative contacted him over the weekend on behalf of police chief Charlie Beck and discussed a letter of agreement that could facilitate Leykis’ donation.

Meanwhile, Tony Perez, the communications manager for L.A. Councilman Ed Reyes’ office, said Friday that because current law is unclear whether the city may apply private donations to aggregate its reward offers, a new motion has been raise by Reyes that the City Attorney “be requested to report on the criteria and mechanism for applying donations from private parties towards City reward offers.”

Passage of that resolutation could take more time as it is examined by budget and finance committees.

“So far, this hasn’t been resolved, but at least we have had a productive conversation,” said Leykis, who says he is willing to put his $50,000 reward offer into an escrow account and work out an agreement that his contribution will be acknowledged as part of the reward total.

As for the news Sunday (linked here) that the LAPD has detained a suspect in the Stow attack, as well as other people for questioning, Leykis said: “It’s nice to see that. That’s good news. I don’t think anything here will be a happy ending, but if justice is served, that’d be a good ending.”

Detective PJ Morris, the lead investigator in the case, is one of 17 detectives investigating the case. The department says it has received more than 500 tips from the public.

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