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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Homeless Man Stabbed to Death in Downtown Los Angeles NR18321ma

UPDATE
December 23, 2018

Murder Suspects Arrested

Los Angeles/Anaheim:
Los Angeles Police Central Homicide detectives have arrested two individuals believe to be responsible for the murder of Mr. Fernando Perez.

Homicide Detectives received an anonymous tip from the public. Detectives were advised that the suspects where in the City of Anaheim. LAPD detectives worked together with Anaheim Police Department and where able to locate and arrest Fred Scott Johnson and Savannah McKinley.

Fred Scott Johnson (Booking # 5503369) is 23 years-old, male, White, blonde hair, green eyes, standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall, transient. Scott was placed under arrest for Murder 187 (A) PC on Dec 22, 2018 at 8 p.m., with Bail set at $2,000,000.00

Savannah McKinley (Booking # 5503354) is 28-years-old, female, White, brown hair, brown eyes, standing at 5 feet tall, transient. McKinley was placed under arrest for Accessory 32 PC on Dec 22, 2018 at 8 p.m., with Bail set at $2,000,000.00.

The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for prosecution.

Anyone with information is urged to call Central Homicide detectives at 213-996-1878.


Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department Central Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect responsible for stabbing a homeless man to death.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, around 8:30 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the area of 9th Street, between Hope Street and Grand Avenue for a medical emergency. The victim, Fernando Perez, was transported to California Hospital where the medical team determined that Perez sustained multiple stab wounds. On November 8, 2018, Perez failed to respond to medical treatment and succumbed to his injuries.

The entire incident, including some of the actions leading up to and after the murder, were captured on video. Central Homicide detectives recovered video footage from several businesses depicting images of the suspect throughout the Downtown Los Angeles area.

Perez was attacked and stabbed multiple times. The suspect is a White male, 25-35 years old, approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall, thin build and brown hair. During the assault, the suspect was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with "Thrasher" written across the chest, jogger type pants, and black shoes with white soles. Several images depicted the suspect, throughout the evening, wearing a white t-shirt with an unknown type of logo on the front, a purple or light blue hat with a white logo, carrying a backpack with what appears to be a luggage tag attached. He was accompanied by a female prior to, and after the murder. She is believed to be a White female, short, small to medium build, brown hair with light brown ponytail, wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black pants with white stripes, a dark colored hat, white shoes, and carrying a black backpack.

A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of Fernando Perez. Anyone with information is urged to call Central Homicide detectives at 213-996-1878. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to Central Area Watch Commander at 213-486-6606. Calls may also be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program. Please reference report number 1801-27686 when reporting.


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