$50,000 reward offered in David Lewis homicide

Governor's office announces reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of community leader's killer

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office announced Wednesday it will issue a $50,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of 54-year-old David Lewis, who was fatally shot at the Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo on June 9.

Lewis was a community leader in East Palo Alto and co-founded the nonprofit Free at Last, which provides substance abuse treatment and transitional housing.

San Mateo police spokesman Lt. Mike Brunicardi said investigators are still working "tirelessly" on the case. With the approval of David Lewis' family, San Mateo police chief Susan Manheimer asked that a state reward be offered to encourage individuals with information about the crime to contact law enforcement officers.

"We greatly appreciate the prompt actions of Gov. Schwarzenegger, who (Wednesday) issued a $50,000 reward upon our request," Manheimer said in a statement. "We believe that this reward will help generate critical leads."

The governor's office has offered 265 rewards since the program began in 1967, and 20 of those have been paid, Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Rachel Arrezola said. To be eligible for such an award, a law enforcement chief must put in a written request and have approval from the victim's family.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the San Mateo Police Department by calling the investigations team at 650-522-7650, dispatch at 650-522-7700, leaving an anonymous tip at 650-522-7676, texting an anonymous message to 650-262-3473 or e-mailing an anonymous message to

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Posted by RJ McHatton
a resident of another community
on Jul 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I am glad they aren't allowing this murder to go into the Cold Case file!

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm

There must be forensic evidence like shell casing, DNA, foot prints, finger prints, cell phone records, how did the killer know he would be there at that time-- and CCTVS are all over the place-- it is quite mysterious--hope they solve it

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 13, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Why don't they do something about the girl who was shot outside the blue chalk about 10 years ago that they just wrote a story about?

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