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News Release

Monday, August 26, 2019

Media Relations

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Los Angeles: Homicide Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the suspects responsible for killing 59-year-old Gustavo Zeledon, a person experiencing homelessness in the skid row area.

On August 7, 2019, at 4:24 p.m., Mr. Zeledon was standing next to his van in the 800 block of East 5th street when three male Black suspects approached him. One suspect approached him from behind and struck him in the head with a metal bar several times. Mr. Zeledon fell to the ground hitting his head on the pavement. The other two suspects went through his pockets and removed his property. Mr. Zeledon was left on the sidewalk for more than an hour before one of the suspects, and three unidentified individuals, pulled him into his van and left him there.

Los Angeles Fire Paramedics were called and, although they were unable to locate Mr. Zeledon on their first response, were able to eventually locate and transport him to a local hospital to be treated for severe trauma. Mr. Zeledon died from his injuries on August 17, 2019.

Central Division Homicide detectives positively identified all three suspects, as 32-year-old Bernard "Midnight" Myers, 38-year-old James "Genuine" Brown, and 35-year old Thomas "Biggie" Williams. Williams and Brown are in police custody. Myers remains outstanding and an arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Bernard "Midnight" Myers is a male Black, stands 6 feet 2 inches tall, and weighs around 175 pounds.

Bernard "Midnight" Myers

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective II Ortiz, Central Division Homicide at (213) 996-1879 or Police Officer Adolfo Pacheco at (213)996-1890. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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 Tipsters may also visit, and click on, "Anonymous Web Tips" under the, "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the, "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.