February 06, 2014
LAWT Wire Services
Sheriff’s deputies searched the familiar haunts of a murder suspect today but made no arrests.
Oscar Bridges, 54, who is known to frequent Runyon Canyon Park and Griffith Park, is wanted in the Jan. 23 stabbing death of 21-year-old Robert Brewer of Texas in a motel room in the 10400 block of South Vermont Avenue.
Bridges has been described as black, about 6 feet 2 inches and 180 pounds, with long hair in dreadlocks.
Detectives said Bridges, a registered sex offender with a lengthy criminal record and ties to Arizona, is known for befriending younger men, then robbing them.
About 50 deputies — some working with scent dogs, others on horseback — scoured some of the trails familiar to Bridges but came up empty handed, Nicole Nishida of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said.
“The search has concluded today, and we haven’t found him, but we are still asking for the public’s assistance,” she said. “We will not be conducting a large scale search tomorrow.”
Oscar Murillo told ABC7 he saw Bridges in Griffith Park last week. Sheriff’s detectives said Bridges sometimes goes by “Rick” and stays in motels in Hollywood and West Hollywood.