On February 19, 2019, homicide detectives presented their case for filing consideration to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. After reviewing the case, a murder charge was filed and an arrest warrant was issued for 46-year-old Cleveland Rogers of Compton. Detectives believe Rogers was involved in a dispute with Haller, which escalated to the violent physical assault on Haller.
On April 18, 2019, members of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Rogers in the 3300 block of Atlantic Avenue. Rogers was booked for murder and various outstanding warrants. He is currently being held on $2,062,461 bail.
Original News Release Published on 2/12/19:
On February 5, 2019, at approximately 9:00 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Alamitos Avenue regarding a battery incident where the victim reported being physically attacked by a male adult.
When officers arrived, they located 66-year-old Lewis Haller of Long Beach, with injuries to his upper torso. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and treated the victim on scene.
On February 6, 2019, officers were dispatched to a local hospital regarding a victim of an assault with a deadly weapon who had self-transported to the hospital. Officers identified him as victim Haller from the battery incident from the previous night. Due to the severity of the injuries, homicide detectives were called out to initiate an investigation.
Further investigation found that Haller was attacked when he confronted the suspect who was trespassing his residence. The suspect then fled the scene prior to officer’s arrival.
On February 12, 2019, the Long Beach Police Department received notification that victim Haller was pronounced deceased due to the injuries sustained on February 5th.
Witnesses described the suspect as a male black in his 40’s, approximately 6’0, large build, and wearing a light-colored top, with dark jeans and shoes. The investigation remains on-going.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Michael Hubbard and Adrian Garcia at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.