Police in Los Angeles have released more information about the murder of 17-year-old Lily Burk. The teenager's body was found early Saturday morning in her car near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. A 50-year-old transient named Charlie Samuel is being held on suspicion of murder.
At a news conference this afternoon, police said they arrested Samuel at 5:30 p.m. Friday on a street downtown for allegedly posessing drugs and drug paraphernalia. That was just a short time after Samuel allegedly killed Burk, and 12 hours before the body was found.
Burk left her house at around 2:30 p.m. Friday, to pick up papers for her mother at Southwestern School of Law, where the mother is a professor.
As published on the Los Angeles Times Web site, LAPD Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz offered a chronology of what followed:
3 p.m Friday: Samuel allegedly approached Burk at her car, which was parked near the law school at the corner of Wilshire Place, north of 7th Street. Samuel abducted Burk.
3:35 p.m.: Samuel attempted to withdraw money from at least one location in downtown L.A. using Burk's credit card. But the girl's credit card was not set up to be used at an ATM.
3:35 to 4 p.m. Burk called both her mother and father, asking how to withdraw money using her credit card. She did not say she was in distress, police said.
4:52 p.m.: Samuel exited the driver's-side door of Burk's Volvo at 458 S. Alameda St. in downtown L.A.
5:25 p.m.: LAPD officers saw Samuel on 3rd Street drinking beer and in possession of a crack pipe. He was arrested.
Friday evening: Burk's parents reported her missing. A missing persons report was filed and detectives began searching for her.
6:15 a.m. Saturday: Burk's body was found by local workers inside her car at 458 Alameda St. They called 911, and police arrived.
"This case strikes close to home for all of us with children," said Diaz. "This is really a parent's worst nightmare."
The Times is also reporting that the coroner's office said Burk's neck was slashed. It's not clear, though, if that is what caused her death.
Police say Samuel has a long history of violent crime and drug abuse. He was released from state prison in February, where he was serving time for petty theft with a prior conviction. It didn't take Samuel long to get back in trouble. According to law enforcement records, Samuel was arrested on April 23 in North Hollywood on a parole violation. According to a law enforcement source, Samuel entered a drug treatment program after that arrest.
Samuel won't be getting out again anytime soon -- he is being held without bail.
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