Tourists snapped photos of a startling sight along the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday: a police manhunt taking place at the landmark amid an ongoing search for a murder suspect.
Dozens of law enforcement personnel began a large-scale search operation in the Hollywood Hills Tuesday for 54-year-old Oscar Bridges in the Hollywood Hills Tuesday morning, authorities said.
“He was seen in the hills here,” said Lt. Holly Francisco with the Sheriff’s Department. “We also have a team that is going to local motels in Hollywood and West Hollywood.”
The search for Bridges started in an area above the Greek Theater and Runyon Canyon Park, according to news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
By around 1 p.m., video showed a police dog and authorities making their way down Hollywood Boulevard. In the afternoon, the command post was being moved to the Hollywood Bowl.
Bridges has been sought in connection with the death of 21-year-old Robert Brewer, who was found with multiple stab wounds in a South L.A. motel room on Jan. 23, officials said.
He has an extensive criminal record and was considered to be armed and dangerous, the Sheriff’s Department stated in the release.
Bridges, who also goes by “Rick,” was known to frequent motels in the Hollywood and West Hollywood areas, according to the release. He was also believed to have ties to Arizona.
Authorities described him a black man standing 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds.
Anyone with information about the case or Bridges’ whereabouts was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Check back for updates on this developing story.