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Man Arrested in Hotel Manager Murder

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 08:37AM
Chetwood Hotel Eric Richardson [Flickr]

LAPD officers stand outside the Chetwood Hotel on January 5 while investigating the murder of hotel manager Hideko Oyama.

LAPD detectives believe they have found the man who on January 5 murdered 74-year-old Hideko Oyama, manager of the Chetwood Hotel on 4th street. Jian Hong Li, 39, a Chinese national who had checked out of the hotel the day of the murder, was arrested yesterday near Downtown.

“As a resident of the hotel, we had wanted to interview Mr. Li, but he had disappeared,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of Central's detective division. “Detectives followed leads from Los Angeles to Camarillo, only to discover him walking on First Street, just east of the Los Angeles River.”

Upon questioning Li back at the station, detectives were able to piece together the clues needed to file charges. “In short order, the detectives were able to compare, confirm, and tie forensic evidence to Li’s presence at the crime scene,” Vernon said. “Once the detectives interviewed Li, they were able to develop enough probable cause to arrest him for the murder.”

Li is being held on $1 million bail. His case will now be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

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