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News Release

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

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Man Arrested for Brutal Murder

Los Angeles: Hollywood Area homicide detectives have arrested a suspect who's responsible for the brutal assault and murder of a pedestrian walking across a street.

On November 23, 2008, at around 1:20 a.m., Hollywood Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an assault with a deadly weapon, with a victim down, at Schrader Boulevard and Selma Avenue.  The officers found the victim in the roadway, unconscious, and suffering from an apparent head injury.  Paramedics took the victim to Kaiser-Sunset Hospital where he died a short time later.

Detectives learned that the victim had been walking across the street and was nearly struck by a car driven by the suspect.  After the near miss the suspect exited his car and violently assaulted the victim, knocking him down onto the roadway.  He then got back in his car and ran over the victim before speeding away.  There were numerous witnesses who saw the incident and went to aid the victim.

The homicide detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and arrested the suspect at his residence in the City of West Hollywood.  The suspect was identified as 34-year-old David Moses Jassy, a Swedish National.  The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed a murder charges on Jassy on November 25th and his bail was set at one million dollars.

The victim has been identified as 55-year-old Hollywood resident John Osnes.

The motive for the murder remains unclear.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Hollywood Area Homicide Detectives at 213-972-2910. After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website www.lapdonline.org. All tips may remain anonymous.