The suspect in actor Richard Hong's September killing is awaiting extradition from out of state, Los Angeles police tell PEOPLE
A homeless man was arrested this weekend in connection with the September slaying of a Canadian actor who was found beaten to death inside a home in Hollywood Hills, California, PEOPLE confirms.
“There is an arrest and he is awaiting extradition from out of state,” Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman tells PEOPLE.
Eisenman says the suspect, whose name has not been released, was detained on Saturday. He should likely be extradited within 24 hours.
Richard Hong, 41, had been staying at the home of Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos when he was attacked on Sept. 23, according to police. At the time, police said he was the apparent victim of a burglary gone awry.
Eisenman says police were able to determine that the suspect had been in Los Angeles for a few days around the time of the slaying.
“He was door-knocking on various doors in the neighborhood,” she says, alleging, “He attempted to break into the house next door to where the victim was murdered.”
Eisenman says the suspect has no local criminal history but had prior arrests for aggravated assault outside California.
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Police found Hong’s body after they responded to a 911 call around 2 a.m. that Friday. Witnesses told police they saw a black man fleeing from the scene, described as 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build and wearing a black jacket.
Stroumboulopoulos, 44, released a statement on Twitter later that day to address the tragic killing: “Many of you have seen the reports of a homicide which occurred early this morning in the home I rent in Los Angeles,” he wrote. “I only have a few details but it seems like it was the result of a break in.
“The victim was a dear friend of mine, who was staying at my place while I was away. I am heartbroken.”
“I am writing this from a plane en route to Los Angeles from New York, so I can be with my friends there, who are also devastated,” Stroumboulopoulos’ post continued. “There’s so much to say but I’m at a loss for words so just love your people and I will have more to say when we know more about what happened.”