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Police arrested a male suspect in Arizona on Oct. 1 for the murder of a victim in the Whitley Heights neighborhood in Hollywood on Sept. 23.
The unidentified suspect was taken into custody outside of Phoenix and is awaiting an extradition hearing on Oct. 12, said Det. Scott Masterson, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit. Authorities have not released the suspect’s name or further details about how he was identified and arrested.
“We are more than reasonably confident he is the person responsible,” Masterson said. “He is being held as a fugitive.”
The suspect was arrested for the murder of Richard Hong, 41, who was found bludgeoned to death inside a residence in the 6700 block of Milner Road. Hong, an aspiring actor from Canada, was staying in a residence rented by Canadian television personality George Stroumboulopoulos, who was in New York when the murder occurred.
Masterson said the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed a murder charge against the defendant. LAPD authorities are eager to have him returned to Los Angeles to face the criminal charge.
“Anytime you have a murder it’s a priority,” Masterson said. “The neighborhood was very concerned about this.”
LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman described the suspect as a transient who had previously been arrested for assault in Los Angeles County. She did not know when the man fled California, but it is believed to be shortly after the murder.
“It appears he was only in town for a few days,” Eisenman said.
The residence where Hong was murdered is located in a neighborhood just south of the Hollywood (101) Freeway, east of Highland Avenue and north of Hollywood Boulevard. Police said shortly after the murder that the crime was possibly committed by a burglar.
Capt. Cory Palka, commanding officer of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division, tweeted on Tuesday that a suspect had been arrested and further information would be released when it was available.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call detectives with the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit at (213)382-9470.
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