Police have arrested a suspect in connection with Monday’s slaying of a homeless man next to the 101 Freeway in Angeleno Heights. Reginald Rivers, 34, was arrested on Thursday evening without incident near Grand and Cesar Chavez avenues and booked for murder, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. Bail was set at $1 million. “Information had been received that Rivers frequented several areas near the Hollywood Freeway,” said Buhrmester.
The body of the victim, who was known to some as “Grande,” was found in the bushes next to the freeway near Bellevue Avenue and West Edgeware Road and appeared to have been bludgeoned. Officers were called to the scene when residents who were walking into a nearby pedestrian tunnel underneath the 101 Freeway heard a scuffle taking place in the bushes.
The identity of the victim–described as a male Latino in his mid-40s–has not yet been released since family members have not been notified.
“The victim has been tentatively identified, however, finding next of kin, per the detectives and the Los Angeles County Coroner, has been difficult,” Buhrmester said. If anyone has information which may lead to a notification of relatives, they are asked to call the Rampart Watch Commander at (213) 484-3400, the Coroner’s office at (323) 343-0714.