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Monday, June 11, 2018

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Pacific Area Crime Spree NR18160dm

Venice: Robbery detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Area investigated a violent crime spree that occurred in the Venice Beach and Palms neighborhoods.

Beginning on or about May 2, 2018, a male White suspect with red hair and distinct tattoos randomly attacked five men in unprovoked confrontations. Two of the five men were seriously injured. These crimes were believed to have been committed by the same suspect.On May 8, Redmond James O'Neal was arrested for an armed robbery after he was identified as the suspect in a 7-Eleven Store robbery. After O'Neal's arrest, the violent crime spree ended and Pacific Area robbery detectives found O'Neal to strongly match the description of the suspect in these crimes. Evidence and eye witness identifications linked O'Neal to the violent crime spree.

On June 8, 2018, Pacific Area robbery detectives presented their findings to the District Attorney's Office, Los Angeles Airport Branch, who filed one count of Attempted Murder, two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Criminal Threats, one count of Brandishing a Knife and one count of Battery. O'Neal remains in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Redmond James O'Neal

•On May 2, 2018, around 8:00 p.m., a male White suspect with red hair and distinct tattoos came upon a male White victim on Overland Avenue and Woodbine Street in the Palms neighborhood of Los Angeles. The suspect became angry after the victim appeared to look at him. The suspect then punched the victim and armed himself with a glass bottle. The suspect unsuccessfully tried to strike the victim with the broken glass bottle and fled the scene. The victim sustained minor injuries to his face.

•On May 3, 2018, around 3:30 a.m., a male White suspect with red hair, and reddish blonde facial hair, came upon a male White victim as he was exiting a convenience store in the 3400 block of Overland Avenue. The victim engaged the suspect in conversation. The suspect became angry and repeatedly punched the victim in his head and threw him to the ground. The suspect then fled the scene. The victim sustained minor injuries to his head.

•On May 4, 2018, around 5:00 p.m., a male White suspect with red hair was walking near the Venice Beach Boardwalk on Speedway Avenue at Rose Avenue. A male White victim looked at the suspect, at which time, the suspect stabbed him with a knife. Initially, the victim thought that the suspect had merely "punched" him in the back. However, once paramedics arrived, the paramedics discovered that the victim had sustained a serious stab wound to the left side of his body.

•On May 4, 2018, around 8:30 p.m., a male White victim was walking to his car on 4th Avenue from Rose Avenue. At 8:45 p.m., several people found the victim laying in a pool of blood with obvious stab wounds to his face and upper body. Nearby video surveillance captured a male White suspect walking away from the scene shortly after the victim was found lying on the sidewalk. The victim sustained significant and serious stab wounds and cuts to his face, neck, and upper body.

•On May 5, 2018, around 4:00 p.m., a male White suspect with red hair and distinct tattoos became belligerent inside a coffee shop at Pacific Avenue and Windward Avenue. A male White employee confronted the suspect, at which time an argument ensued. The suspect became angry and brandished a folding knife. The suspect lunged, jabbed and threatened to harm the employee with the knife. The suspect then fled the scene.

Redmond James O'Neal is a 33-year-old male White with distinct tattoos, red hair and blue eyes. He stands approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.

Anyone with information, or who may have witnessed these crimes, are urged to contact Pacific Area Robbery Detective L. Jurado at 310-482-6369, or Detective C. Carias at 310-482-6372. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7(1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(800-222-8477)or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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