The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit are investigating the death of a man who was found on July 17 outside an apartment building in the 1000 block of Croft Avenue.
Authorities were called to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. after a resident reported that a man fell out of a tree outside of the building, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office spokesman Ed Winter said. The victim, identified as Curtis A.J. Lawson, 23, was found between a wrought iron fence and a garage.
Winter said the victim was still alive when firefighters arrived. They cut the fence and removed the victim, who was later pronounced dead.
Winter said the cause of death has been listed as deferred until an autopsy is performed and toxicology tests are completed. LAPD detectives are waiting for the coroner’s office to issue a ruling on the cause of death, according to Det. John Skaggs.
“It appears to be accidental,” Skaggs added. “There is no evidence of a crime at this time.”
Winter said the victim’s last known address is not clear, and it is unknown how long he had been in the Los Angeles area. The neighborhood where the incident occurred is located east of La Cienega Boulevard and just south of Santa Monica Boulevard and the West Hollywood border.
Winter and Skaggs said it is uncertain why the victim was climbing the tree, and it is unknown whether alcohol or drugs were involved.
“We don’t know,” Winter added. “At this point, the cause of death is pending, but it was reported as a possible accident.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact detectives with the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit at (213)382-9470.