LOS ANGELES – A suspect in a July killing was in custody Friday — along with two accomplices arrested earlier — after he carjacked a vehicle in the South Los Angeles area, fatally injuring the victim during a police pursuit that ended in a crash in Inglewood.
Joshua Reneau, 31, of Los Angeles, who was hospitalized following Thursday’s crash, was arrested on suspicion of murder, and booking is pending, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
Earlier on Thursday, police had arrested Derek Hall, 28, of West Covina, and Miracole Brown, 20, of South Los Angeles. Both were booked on suspicion of murder and robbery, with bail set at $2 million each.
After those arrests, police obtained a murder warrant for Reneau, and they went to his home in the 5900 block of Seventh Avenue “in an effort to effect an arrest,” police said.
About 5 p.m. Thursday, detectives saw Reneau get into the passenger side of a vehicle, and it was driven from the scene, and officers chased it.
“During the pursuit, the sedan collided with another vehicle and became disabled,” police said in a statement.
“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,” police said. “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 Avenue,” police said.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released.
“Reneau barricaded himself inside the disabled car and initially refused to surrender,” police said. “The Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers responded to the scene and Reneau surrendered.”
The driver of the vehicle, 34-year-old Jamal Sutherland of Los Angeles, was booked on suspicion of felony evading, and was held without bail.
A woman riding in the vehicle, 33-year-old Neosha Reneau of Los Angeles, was booked on a misdemeanor warrant, with bail set at $1,000.
The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and the suspects are due in Van Nuys court on Monday, police said.
According to police, Joshua Reneau, Derek Hall and Miracole Brown were involved in crimes including homicide and assault on July 29.
About 12:01 a.m. that day, West Valley Division patrol officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon radio call in the 18500 block of Sherman Way, police said. “Upon arrival, officers located two victims with gunshot wounds.”
Paramedics took the pair to a hospital, and they were treated and released.
“There were numerous shell casings inside the crime scene, which were fired from different handguns,” police said. “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 call in the the 18300 block of Saticoy Street in Reseda, where they found man with a gunshot wound, police said. Paramedics took 32-year-old Earl Hunter to a hospital, where he died.
“Detectives … learned that the victims were confronted by three males … who exited a gray, four-door sedan,” police said. “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 two shootings of the three victims involved the same suspects.
The investigation led to the arrests on Thursday morning of Hall and Brown.