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Suspect Arrested in Murder of Toy District Hotel Manager

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Hideko Oyama
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Police have nabbed and booked a suspect in last week's murder of 74-year-old Hideko Oyama, a manager at the Chetwood Hotel in downtown's Toy District. She was found stabbed to death on January 5th after an apparent robbery. As police began interviewing hotel residents and other possible witnesses, they noticed Jian Hong Li, a 39-year-old Chinese national, had checked out the day of the murder. “As a resident of the hotel, we had wanted to interview Mr. Li, but he had disappeared,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, head of detectives for downtown, in a statement. “Detectives followed leads from Los Angeles to Camarillo, only to discover him walking on First Street, just east of the Los Angeles River.”