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74-Year-Old Hotel Manager Murdered on 4th Street

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, January 05, 2010, at 05:03PM
Chetwood Hotel Eric Richardson [Flickr]

LAPD officers stand outside the Chetwood Hotel, site of Downtown's first murder for 2010.

The manager of a Toy District hotel who was fatally attacked on Tuesday afternoon was identified by police today as Hideko Oyama. For the past four years the 74-year-old had lived in the building she managed, the Chetwood Hotel at 411 E. 4th street.

A resident of the hotel found Oyama bleeding inside her second-story manager's office at 11:30am. Paramedics rushed her to County-USC hospital, but she died a short time later.

While police officials are still asking for the public's help in solving the case, the investigation is moving forward.

“The detectives have made tremendous progress in the last 24 hours,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, the commanding officer of the Central Detective Division. “The most important thing for the community to know at this point is we believe the murder was an isolated incident to the hotel.”

Detectives have not detailed the injuries that Oyama sustained in the attack, but have ruled out the use of a gun.

The Chetwood is a small, three-story hotel that is advertised to those visiting Little Tokyo.

The murder is Downtown's first for the new year. 2009 marked a new low for homicides in the neighborhood. The six recorded were the lowest number in over twenty years, but today's attack makes three murders in the past two months. All were in the greater Skid Row area.

Anyone with information related to today's attack is asked to call Central homicide detectives at (213) 972-1254.

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