Governor Schwarzenegger Offers Reward for Information in the Murder of Tong Lo


WHEREAS, on August 1, 2003, Tong Lo and four of his children drove to the family's grocery-store business in Stockton. When they arrived, two masked individuals pulled up behind them and Tong was approached as he was exiting his car. Despite trying to escape, Tong was shot, and the money bag he was carrying was taken from him while he lay wounded on the ground. Tong then was shot again. He died at the scene, in front of his family; and WHEREAS, the Stockton Police Department has pursued and exhausted all investigative leads and to date Tong's murder remains unsolved; and WHEREAS, Stockton Police Chief Mark Herder has requested that a state reward be offered, in supplement to an existing, privately funded reward, to encourage individuals with information about this crime to contact law enforcement; and WHEREAS, the family of Tong Lo fully supports the reward; and WHEREAS, public awareness and assistance is vital to law enforcement, and rewards often encourage public cooperation essential to apprehend those who have committed serious offenses; and WHEREAS, the Governor is authorized by Penal Code section 1547(a) to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person who has committed, or is charged with the commission of, an offense punishable by death; and WHEREAS, the reward will be paid in accordance with Penal Code section 1547. NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, do hereby offer, effective immediately, a reward in the amount of twenty-five-thousand dollars ($25,000), per perpetrator, for new information, voluntarily given hereafter, leading to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the individual or individuals who committed or is/are charged with the commission of an offense punishable by death for the murder of Tong Lo. IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have here unto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this the twenty-second day of November 2004. /s/ Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor of California