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Ed Buck Arrested after Third, Non-Fatal OD, $4 Million Bail Requested

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Charged With Running Drug Den in West Hollywood Apartment

Ed Buck, a well known West Hollywood man connected to two previous deaths in his apartment, was charged today with operating a drug house and providing methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who suffered an overdose last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

The complaint does not mince words.

“Buck is a violent, dangerous sexual predator. He mainly preys on men made vulnerable by addiction and homelessness,” it reads. “The defendant’s predatory acts and conscious disregard for human life must be stopped.”

Prosecutors describe the latest victim as having been lured on at least two recent occasions and given extremely large doses of crystal meth. On September 4, they say Buck “personally and deliberately” administered a large dose of methamphetamine. Concerned he was suffering an overdose, the man left the apartment to get medical help.

On Sept. 11, Buck is accused of luring the victim back and then injecting him with “two dangerously large” methamphetamine doses at the defendant’s apartment in the 1200 block of Laurel Avenue in West Hollywood. The man suffered an overdose but survived. Prosecutors say that Buck blocked the man’s attempts to get help, but he eventually fled the apartment and called 911 from a gas station. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $4 million. If convicted as charged, Buck faces a possible maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison.

UPDATE: According to booking records, Buck was arrested at 8PM and processed at the West Hollywood station at 9PM. The “housing” location was also listed as West Hollywood as of midnight. At 1:06AM his record updated to show his location at the “INMATE RECEPTION CENTER” at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility near downtown.

Buck was reported to be sitting in the back of a law enforcement cruiser around 8PM, according to neighbor reports to Bill Melugin of FOX LA. The neighbor also said deputies have drug sniffing dogs on scene as well.

The latest overdose follows two previous deaths attributed to crystal methamphetamine overdoses. No charges have been filed in those cases.

Edward Buck (dob 8/24/54) was charged in case BA481154 with one felony count each of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Photo of Young Black Man Entering Ed Buck’s WeHo Apartment Puts the Issue Back in the World News
Photo of young black man entering Ed Buck’s apartment after two previous overdose deaths.

“I remain deeply concerned for the safety of people whose life circumstances may make them more vulnerable to criminal predators,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. “With this new evidence, I authorized the filing of criminal charges against Ed Buck.”

Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes of the Major Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A wrongful death civil rights lawsuit has been filed against Ed Buck and the DA concerning the 2017 meth overdose death of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore in Ed Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. Another black man, Timothy Dean, died on Jan. 7, 2019 under almost identical circumstances. Other Black men have been reported to be seen coming and going from the apartment.

The lawsuit is seeking damages against Ed Buck for the wrongful death of Gemmel Moore, sexual battery, drug dealer liability, premises liability, negligence per se, intentional infliction of emotional distress and hate violence.

Advocates for prosecuting Ed Buck produced a video summarizing their view of facts in two deaths.

19 days later, after Moore’s journal was published and appeared in news reports, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s homicide bureau opened an investigation.

On July 26, 2018, the District Attorney’s office, under the leadership of DA Jackie Lacey assisted by Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum, declined to file charges against Buck in connection with Moore’s death citing insufficient evidence. 6 months later on January 7, 2019, Timothy Dean, another Black gay man died in Buck’s apartment.

In his journal, Moore wrote, “I honestly don’t know what to do. I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that,” a December entry reads. “Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth it was very painful, but after all the troubles, I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy.”

“My life is at an alltime [sic] high right now & I mean that from all ways. I ended up back at Buck [sic] house again and got munipulated [sic] into slamming again. I even went to the point where I was forced to doing 4 within a 2day [sic] period. This man is crazy and its [sic] sad. Will I ever get help?”

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  1. Lester F. Aponte

    September 18, 2019 at 5:03 PM

    Stonewall Democratic Club Statement on the Arrest of Ed Buck

    Contact:
    Ryan Basham, VP of Communications, Stonewall Democratic Club
    (323) 919-2799
    ryan.basham@stonewalldems.org

    Once again we are horrified by the news of an overdose at Ed Buck’s apartment, who was apparently undeterred by the tragic deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean. As alleged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Buck lures vulnerable men to his home “baiting them with drugs, money, and shelter” and then – for the purpose of sexual gratification – “personally administers dangerously large doses of narcotics.” This type of predatory conduct is shocking, yet sadly much too common with some members of the LGBTQ community.

    The Stonewall Democratic Club applauds the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s office for their diligence and for bringing criminal charges against Ed Buck. We understand that “innocent until proven guilty” is a lynchpin of our justice system but so is “no one is above the law,” no matter how wealthy or well connected. We hope to see justice for Mr. Moore, Mr. Dean and their families, as well as for this most recent victim who thankfully is alive to tell his story.

    Stonewall President Lester Aponte stated “From the beginning, Stonewall has condemned Mr. Buck’s conduct and called for a full investigation of the tragic deaths of Mr. Moore and Mr. Dean. We have joined the LGBTQ community and the people of West Hollywood in calling on authorities to protect the community and prevent further tragedies. We will be watching closely and demanding that justice is done.”

    Drug addiction and homelessness disproportionately affect LGBTQ youth, particularly young people of color. Vulnerable people need to be supported, not used. If you, or someone you know, needs help dealing with drug addiction and/or homelessness, there are resources available, including:

    SoCal Club
    8601 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90003
    323-905-5675
    https://socalclubla.org/

    Bienestar Human Services
    5326 E. Beverly Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90022
    (866) 590-6411
    INFO@BIENESTAR.ORG
    https://www.bienestar.org/who-we-are/

    Los Angeles LGBT Center
    McDonald/Wright Building
    1625 N. Schrader Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90028-6213
    323-993-7400
    https://lalgbtcenter.org

    The Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership
    4650 Sunset Blvd., MS#2
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Phone: (323) 361-3273
    http://hhyp.org/

    Stonewall encourages our community to support these organizations, and others, that serve our most vulnerable. Getting our youth off the street and helping those who struggle with addiction are vital to the overall health of our community.

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