Police have released the sketch of a suspect sought in the murder of a 32-year-old transgender victim in Hollywood on Nov. 17, and have been canvassing the area near Lexington Avenue and Gower Street searching for information that may help them find the killer.
The same suspect is also wanted for an attempted murder and robbery in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park that occurred shortly after the murder in Hollywood. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
The deceased victim, who was identified by police as Nathan Henry Vickers, and who goes by the name Cassidy Vickers, was shot multiple times around 10 p.m. in the 6100 block of Lexington Avenue. Lt. Michael Oreb, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division, said police received a 911 call about the shooting, and arriving officers found the victim lying unconscious in the street. Oreb said the paramedics pronounced Vickers dead at the scene. Witnesses reportedly told police that she had been standing next to a vehicle and talking to the driver when he fired several shots and drove away. Oreb said the street where Vickers was killed is known for prostitution.
“It’s hard to tell a motive. We don’t have a lot to go on, and we are still going around the neighborhood trying to find out exactly what happened,” Oreb added. “That street is known for transgender prostitution, so she might have been involved in prostitution, but we are still looking in to that.”
The incident in Plummer Park occurred around 10:35 p.m. Authorities from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station received a 911 call about a gunshot being fired in the park, and located the victim, a transgender woman, a short time later. The unidentified victim told police she had been walking in the park when an African American man approached on foot and demanded her purse. The victim refused to give the suspect her purse, and he pulled out a handgun and fired. The shot missed the victim and she ran away. The suspect also fled, and no property was taken.
Sgt. Michael Caprioli, of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, said he could not release any further details because of the ongoing investigation, but added that investigators are searching for witnesses. Sheriff’s department detectives are working with investigators from Hollywood, and patrol deputies have been advised to be on the lookout for the suspect.
Oreb said officers from the Hollywood Division’s vice and gang units have been assigned to the case, and patrols have been increased in the neighborhoods around the murder scene. The suspect is described as African American, in his mid 20s to 30s, five-feet-nine-inches tall and 150 pounds, with a medium complexion. He had light facial hair, and was wearing black clothing and a black hat.
In response to the murder in Hollywood and the attempted murder and robbery in Plummer Park, West Hollywood Mayor John Duran warned people to be cautious when out at night.
“West Hollywood is home to a very large transgender community, much more so than the surrounding cities, and any time there is an attack on one of our people, we are concerned about it,” Duran added. “We have to remind people to be wary and watch out for one another. Walking in Plummer Park alone in the evening can be risky, so people are encouraged to walk in lighted areas.”
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call homicide detectives with the Hollywood Division at (213)972-2910, or the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310)855-8850.
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