On November 6, 1980, the Los Angeles Police Department asked for public help in their pursuit of three Hispanic men connected to a string of robberies, assaults, and fatal stabbings in the San Fernando Valley area. Lt. William Gaida said of the elusive trio, "They seen to derive some sadistic pleasure out of stabbing people. Apparently robbery is the primary motive, but the suspects stabbed the victims in almost all cases; stabbed them even if the victim complied with all their demands." The reign of terror began on May 17, 1980, when three separate victims were slain and a fourth gravely wounded over a period of three hours and fifteen minutes. A task force was organized to handle the case on September 29, and by October 30, when 19-year-old Jesus Solis was knifed to death by assailants matching the suspect descriptions, police credited the trio with a minimum of seven murders. Still at large, two of the suspects were described as Latin men between the ages of 25 and 30 years, while no description was available for their companion. The killers reportedly lurked in the restrooms of taverns or loitered outside, choosing Hispanic males as their primary targets for robbery and murder. At this writing, the case remains unsolved, the killers still at large.