Search for killer of Westport jeweler on 'America's Most Wanted'
Published 6:30 pm, Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The Westport Police Department has enlisted help from a national television show, "America's Most Wanted," as detectives press their investigation of last month's fatal shooting of Westport jeweler Yekutiel "Kuti" Zeevi.
"We want to get nationwide exposure to get the information in regards to the individual that we're looking for out there," said Capt. Sam Arciola.
"We'd like to get his information out there, get his picture out there, and see if we can get any tips or information from anybody that may recognize him or have any leads for us."
An "America's Most Wanted" episode featuring the investigation of Zeevi's killing last Dec. 8 will likely air this Friday or the following Friday, Arciola said. "America's Most Wanted" is shown at 9 p.m. Fridays on the Lifetime cable network.
"Most Wanted" staffers have already met with Westport police and done local filming for the episode on the Zeevi homicide investigation, Arciola said. Police Detective Phil Restieri participated in the "Most Wanted" taping.
Almost a month after Zeevi's death, his killer remains at large. The suspected gunman reportedly visited jewelry stores in Philadelphia and other Connecticut communities in the week before Zeevi's death, but Westport police have not disclosed any information about his possible whereabouts since the homicide.
"As long as we have information to follow up on, we continue to do so aggressively," Arciola said. "We're pursuing all possible leads and taking the information to the very end. Hopefully, new tips will come in with the assistance of `America's Most Wanted.' "