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Man Wanted in South L.A. Stabbing Death Arrested in Bay Area

Oscar Bridges, 54, allegedly killed 21-year-old Robert Brewer, of Texas, in a motel room in the 10400 block of South Vermont Avenue on Jan. 23.

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A 54-year-old man was charged Tuesday with murder in the stabbing death of a man at a South Los Angeles motel in January.

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Oscar Bridges was charged with murder Tuesday in the death of a man at a South L.A. motel in January. (Credit: KTLA)

Oscar Richmond Bridges appeared in court Tuesday in Inglewood.

He was charged with one count of murder with a special allegation that he used a knife, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The felony complaint also alleged that Bridges, a registered sex offender, was previously convicted for a lewd act upon a child, the release stated.

Bridges was accused of killing Robert Brewer, 21, at a motel on South Vermont Avenue on Jan. 23.

After a large-scale manhunt, Bridges was eventually arrested in San Francisco on Feb. 8.

He was being held without bail.

If convicted as charged, Bridges faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, prosecutors said.

Authorities on Monday announced the arrest of a registered sex offender wanted in connection with a deadly stabbing in South Los Angeles.

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Oscar Bridges, a registered sex offender, was arrested in connection to a deadly stabbing in South Los Angeles (Credit: L.A. County Sheriff’s Department)

Oscar Bridges, 54, was taken into custody Saturday by San Francisco police officers, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Bridges allegedly killed 21-year-old Robert Brewer, of Texas, in a motel room in the 10400 block of South Vermont Avenue on Jan. 23.

Homicide detectives alerted the San Francisco Police Department after learning Bridges had ties to the area.

The arrest comes after a large-scale search operation failed to find Bridges in the Hollywood Hills last week. The search included at least one police dog along the Walk of Fame landmark on Hollywood Boulevard.

Bridges, a registered sex offender, was known to frequent motels in the Hollywood and West Hollywood areas.

He was transported to the Norwalk sheriff’s station and was being held without bail on a murder charge.

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.

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A police dog can be seen leading authorities down Hollywood Boulevard during the manhunt for Oscar Bridges. (Credit: KTLA)

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.

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A manhunt got underway Tuesday morning for Oscar Bridges in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred last month. (Credit: KTLA/L.A. County Sheriff’s Department)

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.

Homicide detectives asked the public for help on Wednesday in locating a registered sex offender wanted in connection with a deadly stabbing in South Los Angeles.

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Oscar Bridges, a registered sex offender, was wanted in connection to a deadly stabbing in South Los Angeles (Credit: L.A. County Sheriff’s Department)

The stabbing took place Jan. 23 at about 10 a.m. in a motel room on the 10400 block of South Vermont Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim, 21-year-old Robert Brewer, of Texas, was found with multiple stab wounds and died at the scene, detectives said.

Oscar Bridges, 54, was wanted in connection with the stabbing, the sheriff’s department announced at a news conference Wednesday.

Bridges, aka “Rick”, was described as a black man with a dreadlock hair style, 6 feet 2 inches tall, who weighed about 180 pounds.

He has an extensive criminal record and should be considered armed and dangerous, detectives said.

Bridges, a registered sex offender, was known to frequent motels in the Hollywood and West Hollywood areas.

He also has ties to Arizona, according to investigators.

Anyone with information was asked to call detectives at 323-890-5500.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call 800-222-8477 (800-224-TIPS), or text the letters TIPLA plus their tip to 274637, or use the website lacrimestoppers.org.

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