Arrest Made After Death at George Stroumboulopoulos' L.A. Home


An LAPD detective says an unnamed homeless man was arrested out of state and taken into custody Monday.

An arrest has been made after Canadian actor Richard Hong was found beaten to death in the rented Los Angeles home of Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos.

News of a suspect in the Sept. 23 Hollywood Hills homicide was confirmed by Capt. Cory Palka of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division on Twitter.

Palka told the City News Service that the suspect has not yet been named, is considered homeless and was arrested out of state Monday, the website reported. "They were able to track him down and make an arrest.... He does have a criminal history. He has a couple of violent crimes that he’s been arrested for," Palka said.

Hong, 41, a Canadian actor, had been staying at the Milner Road home of Stroumboulopoulos, a former Hockey Night in Canada host, when he was bludgeoned to death in an apparent break-in.

Stroumboulopoulos, who was in New York City at the time of the murder, in a statement Sept. 23 said he was "heartbroken" by the death of Hong, who he called a "dear friend of mine."

The LAPD expects to have the suspect returned to Los Angeles within 48 hours, at which time he is expected to face charges in the murder case.