Man Found Dead After Burglary Call at Hollywood Hills Home Is ID’d

The man found dead after a report of a burglary at a Hollywood Hills home rented out by a Canadian television personality has been identified as a 41-year-old actor and surfer.

A homicide investigation was underway after a body was discovered in Hollywood Hills on Sept. 23, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A homicide investigation was underway after a body was discovered in Hollywood Hills on Sept. 23, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Richard Hong was found at a home in the 6700 block of Milner Avenue. He was identified to KTLA by his sister and by LAPD Officer Aareon Jefferson.

Canadian radio and television personality George Stroumboulopoulos tweeted about 3 p.m. that he rents the home, and said the victim who was staying there was a "dear friend" of his. Stroumboulopoulos said he was en route to Los Angeles.

Authorities were called to the home after receiving a call about a burglary at about 2 a.m. Friday, said Lt. Chris Ramirez with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Arriving officers found the body of a man who was killed in an apparent homicide, Ramirez said. The victim showed signs of blunt-force trauma, Ramirez said.

Richard Hong is shown in a photo provided to KTLA by friends.

Richard Hong is shown in a photo provided to KTLA by friends.

Police were searching for a man whom witnesses saw running from the area, Ramirez said.

The suspected killer was described as a black man with a thin build and short hair who was wearing a dark jacket, Ramirez said.

A friend of the victim, Abdi Manavi, told KTLA that the victim’s roommate returned to the home and found Hong on the ground unresponsive. Manavi said he'd been texting with Hong earlier in the evening.

"I'm in shock. What's going through my mind is just the randomness of this," Manavi said. "Someone knocks on your door and you open it and that's the end."

Manavi said a neighbor’s home had also been ransacked by a man fitting the description of the suspect in the killing.

Hong was an actor and a surfer, his sister said.

Anyone with information was asked to call authorities at 213-382-9470.

KTLA's Alberto Mendez and Cindy Von Quednow contributed to this story.