Manhunt underway in Hollywood Hills for suspect in fatal stabbing

Authorities expanded a manhunt Tuesday morning in the Hollywood Hills area for a 54-year-old man wanted in a fatal stabbing.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives along with 50 additional personnel and officers from local agencies were to conduct a large-scale search above the Greek Theater and Runyon Canyon for the suspect, identified as Oscar Bridges. He is wanted in connection with the Jan. 23 stabbing death of 21-year-old Robert Brewer of Texas.

The stabbing occurred around 10:40 a.m. in a motel room in the 10400 block of Vermont Avenue in the Westmont neighborhood, according to police.

Westmont has been the site of more than 100 other homicides in the last seven years, making it one of the deadliest neighborhoods in L.A. County, according to a Times analysis of homicide data since 2007.

Authorities say they will also be searching motels and talking to merchants in the area.

Bridges is described as black, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180 pounds. He has black dreadlocks-style hair, brown eyes and is known to frequent motels in the Hollywood and West Hollywood areas, police said.

He also goes by the name Rick and has ties to Arizona.

Authorities say Bridges is a registered sex offender, has an extensive criminal record and is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Bridges' whereabouts or about the case was encouraged to call sheriff’s homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous calls can be made to (800) 222-8477.

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