An angry homeless murder suspect was in custody Monday for allegedly driving his vehicle into two other homeless men during a heated argument, killing one victim and injuring the other near a homeless tent city on the Westwood grounds near the Veterans Administration.
The 51-year-old dead man was allegedly dragged by the suspect’s vehicle more than 200 feet.
The deadly confrontation took place just after midnight Sunday in the 11600 block of San Vicente Boulevard, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Eva Jimenez.
There was no word from authorities about a motive nor what sparked the deadly argument.
The first officers on the scene were Los Angeles police who were responding to an assault with a deadly weapon and hit-and-run call at that location, Jimenez said.
The LAPD officers found the two men who were struck by the vehicle. The 51-year-old man died at the scene. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. The second man, 36, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Jimenez said.
LAPD officers then initiated a search for the vehicle and located it a few blocks away. A short pursuit ensued and 34-year-old Pedro Flores was eventually taken into custody, Jimenez said.
The LAPD officers determined that the fatal hit-and-run had occurred within an area considered the jurisdiction of the West Hollywood sheriff’s station, Jimenez said. Sheriff’s detectives responded to the scene, took Flores into custody and booked him at the West Hollywood station, she said.
Flores and the two victims are all transients who live within the federal enclave adjacent to the Veterans Administration in Westwood that is currently dotted with tents occupied by the homeless.
Flores was booked for murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held on $2 million bail, Jimenez said. He was scheduled to head to LAX Superior Court on Tuesday, according to jail records.
Anyone with information on this fatal crash was asked to call the LASD’s homicide unit at 323-890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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