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Man who prompted large-scale search charged with murder in motel stabbing

A Los Angeles man who triggered a manhunt through the Hollywood Hills was charged Tuesday in the slaying of a 21-year-old who was found dead in a Westmont motel room, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Oscar Richmond Bridges, 54, has been charged with one count of murder with a special allegation that he used a knife, according to prosecutors.

An arraignment was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was continued to March 10, said Ricardo Santiago, a public information officer for the district attorney’s office.

After Robert Brewer was killed on Jan. 23, authorities asked for the public’s help in finding Bridges, who was suspected in part because he is known to frequent motels and because he was seen in surveillance footage with Brewer near the motel.

On Feb. 4, detectives conducted a large-scale search for Bridges above the Greek Theatre and Runyon Canyon after receiving a tip that he was there.

Bridges was arrested Feb. 8 in San Francisco. Bridges, who is also a registered sex offender, faces 56 years to life in prison if convicted.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz and Ruben Vives

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