Fatal Auto Theft: Suspect in violent LA chase also linked to fatal shooting and robbery in Reseda

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A suspect who allegedly dragged a carjacking victim to death during a Los Angeles police chase 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 through the Hyde Park and Inglewood areas that resulted in multiple accidents and one fatal carjacking.

The first chase began when police pursued Reneau as a passenger in a vehicle for his alleged involvement in a robbery and the shooting of three people in Reseda three months earlier.

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 on the 5900 block of 7th Avenue when they saw him get into the back of a car, which then drove away.

A tagged LAPD unit attempted to stop the car, but it fled.

During this initial chase, the fleeing car soon collided with another vehicle.

Reneau then allegedly jumped from the passenger side and ambushed an SUV, but the driver caught his seat belt and was dragged nearly two miles beside his own vehicle as Reneau continued to flee, police say.

Inglewood resident Ron Holloway saw the end of the chase near his home. He heard sirens and helicopters, and then saw a large SUV pulling off Florence Avenue onto his own street, trailing a body “like a rag doll.”

“And I see he’s dragging a body,” Holloway recalled. “The body just jumps over the curb there and it shoots down the street at full speed.”

The SUV went down the road but hit a dead end and had to turn back. At this point, the body of the carjacking victim was removed and left on the ground. Paramedics later pronounced him dead at the scene.

The SUV attempted to pass police units but crashed and rolled onto its side.

According to police, the suspect refused to leave the vehicle for about two hours. A standoff ensued and the SWAT team and K9 units were called in, but he was eventually taken into custody.

The suspect was subsequently treated for injuries. The deceased victim of the auto theft was not identified pending notification of his family.

1 person killed, 2 others injured in multiple possibly related shootings in Reseda

The driver of the vehicle in the initial chase was arrested and identified as Jamal Sutherland, 34, of Los Angeles. He was booked without bail for a felony. A passenger in the vehicle, Neosha Reneau, 33, was booked on a misdemeanor warrant with her bail set at $1,000.

The Reseda incident involved a robbery and shooting of three people on July 29.

Two people were shot and wounded in the 18500 block of Sherman Way just after midnight as part of a street robbery, with the victim being targeted for his jewelry.

A short time later, officers found a third victim dead in the 18300 block of Saticoy Street. Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was later identified as Earl Hunter, 32.

Police say the incident involved three men – two of them armed with handguns – who committed a street robbery and took two necklaces from a victim.

Police later identified the suspects. Earlier Thursday this week, officers arrested Derek Hall, 28, of West Covina, and Miracole Brown, 20, of South Los Angeles, on murder and robbery charges with bail set at $2 million. The police obtained an arrest warrant for Reneau, and their attempts to arrest him ended in a pursuit and carjacking.

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