Francis Taylor, Asst. Editor/Daily Breeze

Mayor James Butts, left, and Ruth Tillett, mother of William Tillett, leave the podium after a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. Authorities say a 50-year-old man is in custody in connection with the kidnapping and killing of then 11-year-old Tillett in Southern California nearly three decades ago. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


William Tillett was abducted while walking home from school near the intersection of Imperial Highway and Crenshaw Boulevard at about 3 p.m. on May 24, 1990, according to a news release from the Inglewood Police Department. He was found suffocated to death at a parking structure in a residential Hawthorne neighborhood later that day.

Tillett was 11 years old when he was kidnapped near the intersection of Imperial Highway and Crenshaw Boulevard on May 24, 1990. He was found dead later that day in Hawthorne. Nearly 29 years later, police arrested Edward Donell Thomas, 50, of Pomona as a suspect in the case.

Detectives took Thomas, 50, of Pomona, into custody on Thursday as a suspect in the decades-old case, according to inmate records.

Thomas was booked into the Inglewood City Jail following his arrest and later held without bail.  Prosecutors filed charges including murder against Thomas on Tuesday.

Inglewood Police Capt. Mark Fried told reporters Wednesday that investigators had “significant and compelling physical evidence which implicates Thomas in the murder of William Tillett.”

Chief Mark Fronterotta did not discuss details of how Thomas was linked to the slaying but said it involved old evidence and “advanced technology.”

Investigators said they believe Thomas was likely aided by an accomplice, but did not mention if they had identified other possible suspects.

Police asked anyone with information that might be relevant to the case to call Inglewood Homicide Detectives at 310-412-5246. Anonymous tips can also be left at 888-41-CRIME (27463).


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here