LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A suspect who would dragged a carjacking victim to death during a police chase in Los Angeles Thursday night is also linked to a fatal shooting and robbery in Reseda this summer, police say.
Joshua Reneau, 31, of Los Angeles, was arrested after a violent police chase in the Hyde Park and Inglewood areas that involved multiple crashes and a fatal carjacking.
The first prosecution began when police were tracking Reneau as a passenger in a vehicle for his alleged involvement in a robbery and shooting of three people in Reseda that occurred three months ago.
Earlier Thursday morning, officers arrested two other suspects in connection with the Reseda incident and obtained a murder warrant for Reneau.
Detectives were watching his home in the 5900 block of 7th Avenue when they saw him get into the back of a car which then drove away.
A marked LAPD unit attempted to stop the car, but they fled.
During this first chase, the getaway car quickly collided with another vehicle.
Reneau then allegedly jumped into the passenger side and hijacked an SUV, but the driver became entangled in his seat belt and was dragged alongside his own vehicle for nearly two miles as Reneau continued to flee, according to police.
Inglewood resident Ron Holloway saw the end of the chase unfold near his home. He heard sirens and helicopters, then saw a large SUV driving off Florence Avenue and onto his own street, dragging a body “like a rag doll”.
“And I see he’s dragging a body,” Holloway recalled. “The body bounces off the sidewalk there and it shoots full speed down the street.”
The SUV drove down the street, but got into a dead end and had to turn around. It was then that the carjacking victim’s body was dislodged and left on the ground. Paramedics later pronounced him dead at the scene.
The SUV attempted to drive past police units, but crashed and flipped onto its side.
According to police, the suspect refused to get out of the vehicle for about two hours. A stalemate ensued and the SWAT team and K9 units were brought in, but he was eventually arrested.
The suspect was later treated for injuries. The deceased carjacking victim has not been identified, pending notification of his family.
1 person killed, 2 others injured in multiple shootings potentially linked to Reseda
The driver of the vehicle in the initial pursuit was arrested and identified as Jamal Sutherland, 34, of Los Angeles. He was convicted of felony escape without bail. A passenger in the vehicle, Neosha Reneau, 33, was sentenced to a misdemeanor arrest warrant with her bond set at $1,000.
The Reseda incident involved a robbery and the shooting of three people on July 29.
Two people were reportedly shot and injured in the 18500 block of Sherman Way just after midnight in connection with a street robbery, targeting the victim for her jewellery.
Shortly after, officers found a third gunshot victim in the 18300 block of Saticoy Street. Paramedics transported the victim to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was later identified as Earl Hunter, 32.
Police said the incident involved three men – two of them armed with handguns – committing a street robbery, grabbing two necklaces from a victim.
Police then identified the suspects. Early Thursday this week, officers arrested Derek Hall, 28, of West Covina and Miracole Brown, 20, of South Los Angeles for murder and robbery, with bond set at $2 million. The police obtained a warrant for Reneau and their attempts to arrest him ended in a chase and a carjacking.
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