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Monday, January 18, 2021

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Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR21022ml

***Update: Arrest Made***
May 27, 2021

Los Angeles: On January 17, 2021, Koi Finely, the daughter of Victim-Branden Finley, asked the world, "Please just find my dad's killer!" during a news conference. The Los Angeles Police Department heard you Koi, and your dad's killer has been arrested.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Forensic Sciences Division, Serology Section, was able to find a DNA profile from evidence that was left at the crime scene. The DNA profile was submitted into the Department of Justice - Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), for analysis. On May 11, 2021, the Los Angeles Police Department was notified of a CODIS hit, which matched Ronald Earl Kenebrew Jr., 36 years old, from Lancaster.

Kenebrew has been in the custody of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department since February 11, 2021, on a robbery charge out of Lancaster. Detectives were able to positively identify Kenebrew as the person in the videos from a crime spree on the morning of Saturday, January 16, 2021. Freeman is currently on Post Release Community Supervision. The Los Angeles County Probation Department placed a custody hold on him while detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department continued with their investigation.

On May 27, 2021, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed three felony counts against Kenebrew. The District Attorney filed 187 P.C. (Murder), 215 P.C. (Carjacking), and 20001(a) V.C. (Felony Hit and Run). Kenebrew is still housed at the Los Angeles County Jail with a combined bail set at $2,200,000.00.

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for a Fatal Hit and Run that killed a 46-year-old man.

On January 16, 2021, at 7:50 a.m., a suspect stole a white 2010 Toyota Tacoma in the 900 block of Wilshire Boulevard. The owner of the vehicle was making a delivery and left the truck running. The suspect, who was walking by, asked the owner of the truck for a ride, but the owner refused. At that time, the suspect entered the truck. The owner attempted to stop the suspect from leaving with the truck by jumping into the bed of the truck.

The suspect began to drive at a high rate of speed. The owner of the truck realized he was in grave danger if he stayed in the bed of the truck and jumped out. The owner sustained minor injuries.

Witnesses on 7th Street, observed the suspect driving at a high rate of speed, weaving in-and-out of traffic and driving on the opposite side of 7th Street. Before reaching Olive Street, a male Black 46-year-old bicyclist, was travelling eastbound on the westbound side of 7th Street. The suspect struck the bicyclist at a high rate of speed causing the bicyclist to land on the hood of the truck. The bicyclist's body travelled over 150 feet eastbound before coming to rest on the street just before Hill Street. The suspect continued eastbound 7th Street from Hill Street.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded, and paramedics rendered aid, ultimately the bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the bicyclist is being withheld pending notification of family members.

The suspect continued and became involved in a second collision with two other vehicles, causing the truck to become disabled. The suspect fled the scene of the second collision on foot.

The suspect is described as a male Black, short hair, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 150 to 160 lbs., and he may have injuries to his head from impacting the windshield during the second collision.

Video surveillance captured the suspect removing a blue hooded sweat shirt. Additionally, the suspect was seen picking up a white hooded sweat shirt and putting it on. The suspect was also wearing black pants and was barefooted.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

If anyone has information regarding the collision, please contact Detective Juan Campos, Central Traffic Detectives, at 213-833-3713 or e-mail or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-833-3746. During weekends and off-hours calls should be directed to the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). For anonymous calls please call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or visit, or Tipsters