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LASD - Palmdale Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Thursday January 25th, 2018 :: 06:29 p.m. PST

#LASD Homicide Detectives Name James "Todd" Brown the Triple Murder Suspect, 1100blk W Av. N12, unincorp LA Co near Palmdale

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Detectives have issued a Murder Warrant for James “Todd” Brown, who is wanted in the Triple Murder of a family in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County near Palmdale. The victims were located on the 1100 block of West Avenue N-12, Saturday, January 13, 2018, at approximately 3:50 p.m. 

Investigators have learned that the suspect, James “Todd” Brown, lived on the victim’s property in a trailer for approximately 2 years while doing odd jobs for the victims, as well as in town.

It appears that the suspect and victims got into a dispute that escalated to murder. Suspect Brown is described as a male White, 54 years-old, 6’00” tall, 265lbs, with brownish gray hair and brown eyes. He might be driving a 2002 Silver Toyota Tacoma Pick-up truck with camper shell, license #42198C1, CA.

Suspect Brown was formerly listed as a Person of Interest by detectives, however, based on evidence collected and information obtained by investigators, they have now listed him as the murder suspect.

The three victims were stabbed, suffocated and beaten to death in their home. Their dogs were also found beaten to death. They were discovered when the family asked for a welfare check. Deputies went to the residence and found the victims. They have been identified as 78 year-old Richard Gardner II, his wife, 56 year-old Pepper Gardner, and son, 52 year-old Richard Gardner III.

Detectives and family members of the victims are asking for the public’s help in locating suspect Brown. We need to get this very dangerous suspect off the streets.

Suspect James “Todd” Brown is considered dangerous. If you have information regarding this incident, please contact detectives. If you see him or know where he is, please call 9-1-1 immediately. 

The investigation is still ongoing.
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), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website


LASD - Palmdale Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
750 E Ave Q
Palmdale, CA 93550

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