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Victim 7: Ed Buck Threatened Me With Power Saw

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FROM THE FEDERAL COMPLAINT AGAINST BUCK

In an interview with a male who is identified herein as Victim 7 on April 2, 2019, Victim 7 stated that he was an escort and in early December 2018, BUCK found Victim 7’s phone number on the website Adam4adam and called Victim 7 to arrange to have Victim 7 come over to engage in sex and methamphetamine use.

During this conversation, BUCK told Victim 7 that he had a fascination with. underwear and jockstraps. They agreed on a price of $300 for Victim 7’s services, and BUCK sent a car to pick up Victim 7 and bring him to BUCK’s residence.

When Victim 7 arrived, BUCK offered him a Klonopin pill and a glass containing clear §oda. BUCK insisted on injecting Victim 7 with methamphetamine, but his hand was shaking too much, so Victim 7 injected himself. Victim 7 stated that methamphetamine normally makes him more alert, but after Victim 7 drank the clear soda BUCK gave him, he became sleepy and began losing control over his physical movements.

Victim 7 passed out, and when he awoke, BUCK was approaching him with two additional syringes loaded with methamphetamine. BUCK was insistent that Victim 7 stay, but Victim 7 had to leave and informed BUCK that his friend was waiting outside for him. BUCK paid Victim 7 $300, and Victim 7 left.

Later the same month, BUCK contacted Victim 7 again, offering to pay Victim 7 to engage in sex and use methamphetamine. Victim 7 stated that BUCK sent an Uber car to Victim 7’s residence to pick him up and bring him to BUCK’s residence. At BUCK’s residence, Victim 7 injected himself with a syringe of what BUCK represented to be methamphetamine, but after administering only part of the drugs, Victim 7 was lying on the floor, unable to move for approximately 6 to 7 hours.

Victim 7 believes that BUCK gave him some sort of tranquilizer. Victim 7 reported that Victim 7 began to feel as if he was not able to move. While unable to move, at some point, Victim 7 claimed that BUCK wanted Victim 7 to leave, but that Victim 7 could not move. BUCK then became frustrated and obtained a power saw from a closet, turned it on, and approached Victim 7 with it. Victim 7 said that he got an adrenalin rush and was able to stand up and go to the kitchen.

“BUCK then became frustrated and obtained a power saw from a closet, turned it on, and approached Victim 7 with it.”

Victim 7 said that when he regained his ability to speak, BUCK refused to pay him and another male known to Victim 7 only as “Chad” arrived, possibly to remove Victim 7. Victim 7 stated that he was extremely-angry that BUCK refused to pay him, but that BUCK eventually paid Victim 7 through the banking application1 Zelle. Messages on BUCK’s cellphone, which was seized and searched after Victim’s death pursuant to a state search warrant, corroborate Victim 7’s account that BUCK paid him using Zelle.

Footnote: 7 Uber records for BUCK’s Uber account, obtained via grand jury subpoena, corroborate Victim 7’s statement that BUCK sent an Uber to pick him up in December 2018. According to BUCK’s. Uber records, Buck sent an Uber car to an address one residence over from Victim 7’s known residence on December 14, 2018 at approximately 11:40 p.m., and the ride ended at BUCK’s residence at approximately 12:00 a.m. able to stand up and go to the kitchen.

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Century City Mall Murder Suspect Arrested in Baltimore

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations West Bureau (OWB) Homicide investigators have announced the arrest of a suspect in a murder that took place at the Century City Mall. 

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.

Brandon Hinton

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.  During the fight, the suspect armed himself and shot the victim to death.  Investigators from OWB Homicide identified Brandon Hinton as the suspect.  It was determined that Brandon Hinton had fled the area and a murder warrant was issued.

On March 16, 2020, Federal Bureau of Investigations 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.

Anyone with information, including possible additional victims, are urged to call Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations West Bureau homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.  Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.  Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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LAPD Seeks Additional Human Trafficking Victims of Arrested Pimp

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force is seeking additional victims of human trafficking.

On February 3, 2020, Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force arrested Christopher Moss, 33-year-old from Dallas, Texas for Human Trafficking.

In February North Hollywood Area Officers responded to a domestic violence radio call. During the officers investigation it was discovered that the victim had been engaging in commercial sex acts at the demand of her trafficker.


Operations Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force assumed the investigation and immediately went into action and was able to provide the victim with advocate services.

This investigation has lead us to working in collaboration with other cities and states who may have an investigative interest in this case.

As the officers continued the human trafficking investigation it was obvious more victims were involved and needed to be located. We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating any additional victims. Detectives believe there are additional victims who have not filed police reports.

The above photograph is a tattoo that was branded onto one of the victims. Often times a human trafficker will brand their victims as a sign of ownership in the pimp culture.

The crown represents royalty and when the victim has earned it, the human trafficker will brand them. This specific tattoo also had the letter ‘D’ and inside is the $ symbol.

Christopher Moss moniker is “Daddy Cash” and the ‘D’ represents Daddy and the $ symbol represents cash.

It is important to note that any victim that comes forward, will not be in any kind of trouble. We have resources available to victims that come forward.

Anyone with additional information regarding Christopher Moss, or anyone who may have been a victim are asked to call Operations Valley Bureau-Human Trafficking Task Force, Detective Cynthia Gonzales at 818-644-8091.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Emails can be sent to 647tips@lapd.online as well.

Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Santa Monica Architect Stabbed in Expo Line Altercation

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By Toi Creel

West Los Angeles (SM Mirror) — Four minors have been taken into custody after a Santa Monica man was stabbed in a violent confrontation on the Expo Line in West Los Angeles.

The incident occurred on the Metro E (Expo) Line Tuesday night at around 8:30 PM.

Former Santa Monica Planning Commission Chair Gwynne Pugh says he was riding the E line back to Santa Monica when two teenage couples, two men and two women, got on the train with a shopping cart filled with alcohol.

Witnesses say the teens were loud, appeared to be intoxicated, and when a […]

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