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August 26, 2019

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

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

Bernard “Midnight”

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.