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
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
•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
•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.