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Search for Homicidal Sex Offender in Hollywood Hills Comes up Empty, Cops Say

Search for Homicidal Sex Offender in Hollywood Hills Comes up Empty, Cops Say
Oscar Bridges via the LASD.

A community of multi-million-dollar homes was besieged by law enforcement searching for one seriously bad dude today, Sheriff's officials said.

The hunt for 54-year-old Oscar Bridges in the terrain above the Greek Theater and near Runyon Canyon Park involved a helicopter, cops on horseback and nearly 50 deputies on the ground, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said.

But the search was called off early this afternoon, we were told:

Sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said deputies came up empty. 

Cops believed Bridges, who appeared to lead somewhat of a transient lifestyle, might be in the hills or at motels, shelters or churches lining the Hollywood Boulevard corridor below, she said:

We did get tips that he was seen in the area - motels, shelters, churches. We went to local motels and handed out fliers.

Search teams gathered at the Hollywood Bowl this morning before fanning out, deputies said.

Detectives allege that Bridges fatally stabbed 21-year-old victim Robert Brewer of Texas in the room of a motel in the 10400 Block of South Vermont Avenue in South L.A. County territory Jan. 23.

The attack was reported at 10:40 a.m., deputies said. Brewer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say Bridges is known on the street as Rick. He's 6 feet, 2 inches, 180 pounds with dreadlocks. Cops say he frequents motels in Hollywood and West Hollywood.

Deputies alleged this in a statement:

He is considered armed and dangerous with an extensive criminal record and is a registered sex offender. 

If you've seen him recently call detectives at (323) 890-5500.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.


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