FBI and LAPD arrest man wanted for January murder at Westfield Century City
By Chad Winthrop
The Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI have arrested a suspect who was living on the East Coast, in a murder that took place in January at Westfield Century City.
On January 20, 2020, West Los Angeles Division officers responded to a call of a shooting in progress at the Century City Mall. Upon their arrival, officers found a victim down and unresponsive.
The investigation revealed that a fight involving the suspect had occurred outside of a nearby restaurant. The fight involving the suspect stemmed from another dispute inside of the same restaurant. According to multiple reports from the scene of the crime, the restaurant was Javier’s.
During the fight, the suspect armed himself and shot the victim to death, according to the LAPD.
According to LAPD Detective John Radke, there was a verbal altercation that escalated involving some females. The fight then spilled out of the restaurant and came across a to possibly some men having a fight. Radke says that a member of the group of men armed himself with a firearm and chased the victim around the outside of the mall, shooting him multiple times.
Investigators Identified Brandon Hinton as the suspect.
It was later determined that Hinton had fled the area and a murder warrant was issued.
On March 16, 2020, the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force agents in Baltimore, Maryland located and arrested Hinton.
On Friday, April 10, 2020, LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force agents extradited 26-year-old Brandon Hinton to Los Angeles to face murder charges. Hinton was booked on a four-million-dollar murder warrant and will be arraigned this week.