Inglewood: On July 29, 2022, around 12:00 a.m., West Valley Division patrol officers responded to an Assault with a Deadly Weapon radio call in the 18500 block of Sherman Way, near Reseda Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers located two victims with gunshot wounds. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victims to a local hospital, where they were treated and released. There were numerous shell casings inside the crime scene, which were fired from different handguns. Officers determined that a street robbery occurred. It was believed the victim was targeted for his jewelry.
At around 12:50 a.m., West Valley officers responded to an additional radio call at the 18300 block of Saticoy Street in Reseda and located a victim with a gunshot wound. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The victim was later identified as 32-year-old Earl Hunter.
Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives responded to both crime scenes and, through investigation, learned that the victims were confronted by three males, Black, who exited a grey, four-door sedan. Two of the suspects were armed with handguns. One of the suspects grabbed the victim’s two large necklaces. During the incident, the victim was shot.
Detectives determined that the above two incidents involved the same suspects.
On the morning of October 13, 2022, Operations Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives arrested 28-year-old Derek Hall (Booking No. 6482417), a resident of West Covina for 187 (A)PC- Murder and 20-year-old, Miracole Brown (Booking No.6482374), a resident of South Los Angeles for 187 (A)PC- Murder. Both were arrested for the robbery and murder, with a set bail of $2,000,000. Later that afternoon, detectives identified and obtained a murder arrest warrant for an additional suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Joshua Reneau, from Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Police Department, FBI Fugitive Taskforce conducted a surveillance operation at Reneau’s residence in the 5900 block of 7th Avenue, in an effort to effect an arrest. The officers observed Reneau enter the rear seat of a sedan, which then departed the residence. Uniformed officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, driving a marked black and white police vehicle, followed the sedan and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the sedan collided with another vehicle and became disabled.
Reneau exited the sedan and carjacked another vehicle. As he attempted to forcibly remove the driver from the car, the driver became entangled in the seatbelt. Reneau got into the driver seat and drove away in the victim’s car. The victim was dragged alongside his own car for over two miles. The pursuit continued for approximately three miles. Reneau collided with several police vehicles and ultimately flipped the car on its side in the area of Praire Avenue and Florence Avenue, in the City of Inglewood. The victim of the carjacking was located on the street about three houses south of where the car flipped and came to rest on North Osage Ave. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. His identity has not been released at this time.
Reneau barricaded himself inside the disabled car and initially refused to surrender. The Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers responded to the scene and Reneau surrendered.
Reneau is currently in a local hospital and is pending booking for 187 (A)PC- Murder. The driver of the vehicle, 34-year-old Jamal Sutherland (Booking No.6482727), a resident of Los Angeles, was booked for 2800.2 (A)VC-Felony Evading with no bail. The passenger of the vehicle, 33-year-old Neosha Reneau (Booking No.6482738), a resident of Los Angeles, was booked for 25850 (A)PC- Misdemeanor warrant. Her bail was set at $1,000.
This case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. All suspects are due in Van Nuys court on Monday, October 17, 2022.
Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to contact South Bureau Homicide Detectives at 323-786-5113. 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 L.A. 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 online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.