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North Hollywood Detectives Investigate Arson Related Homicide NR10379cj


October 12, 2010

This afternoon at about 2:15 pm Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) North Hollywood Homicide Detectives were notified by members of a United States (US) Marshal's Fugitive Task Force of the arrest of a man believed to be Omar Armando Loera, suspected of  the brutal July 24, 2010 murder of Chere Osmanhodzic.

Since that time detectives have worked to locate Loera and to develop the case.
An arrest warrant was issued for him on September 16, 2010.

Based on a variety of tips and leads, homicide detectives developed a strong suspicion that Loera had escaped to Mexico. The LAPD notified the US Marshal's Southwest Regional Task Force. The Task Force began working with the Mexican Authorities to locate Loera.

Today the Baja State Police located a suspect believed to be Loera in the border town of Mexicali. US and Mexican authorities are in the process of following standard protocols to transfer a US Citizen in Mexican custody, to the US.  It is expected that Loera will be transferred to US authorities without delay, possibly as soon as tonight or tomorrow.


September 14, 2010

LAPD detectives identified the suspect as Omar Armando Loera, 34-year-old, male Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. Loera stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.  He has Aztec women tattoos on both shoulders. He is a parolee at large.

Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would help them with a case involving a North Hollywood woman found burned to death inside of her home in Valley Village.

On July 24, 2010, at approximately 7 p.m., Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel responded to a residential fire in the 11500 Block of Riverside Drive.  The Fire Department extinguished the blaze and discovered the body of a woman inside the residence.

North Hollywood Homicide detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.  

The investigation revealed that the body discovered was that of 34-year-old Chere Osmanhodzic, who lived at the residence.

Detectives say that Osmanhodzic’s boyfriend, who also lived at the residence, returned from the store and confronted a man inside of the residence.  He chased the man several blocks but was not able to catch him.  Upon returning home, the boyfriend observed that his house was engulfed in flames.

This is an on-going investigation and the cause of death has not been determined.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD, North Hollywood Station at 818-623-4016 or call Homicide Detectives at 818-623-4075.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.