Las Vegas Gunman’s Brother Arrested for Child Pornography
Bruce Paddock, the brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, was detained in Valley Village Wednesday in connection with a child pornography investigation.
The child pornography investigation took place in the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez confirmed to KTLA.
An LAPD news release confirmed that Bruce Douglas Paddock, 59, of North Hollywood, was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography.
A source who requested anonymity initially confirmed the identity of the suspect as Bruce Paddock to the Los Angeles Times.
Evidence was discovered inside a business in the 9000 block of San Fernando Road in Sun Valley where Paddock had been squatting, police said. The evidence was found after Paddock was evicted, but the suspect was a transient by and could not be located by investigators. He was recently found at the Laurel Canyon Boulevard address, police said.
The owner of the business – an auto shop – earlier this month told KTLA about Paddock’s squatting. He said he turned over evidence of child porn to police.
On Wednesday morning, aerial video from Sky5 showed authorities putting a man who was in a wheelchair into a police van. KTLA has not been able to verify if the man was Bruce Paddock.
Hector Cruz, the auto shop owner, told KTLA that Bruce Paddock, his longtime friend, had threatened to kill him several years ago.
In 2014, Cruz alleged, Paddock was going through a difficult time and asked to fix his car at Cruz’s shop. But Paddock essentially squatted in the shop, holing up in the attic and harassing workers for weeks, Cruz said.
Paddock brought a gasoline canister up to the roof of the shop and threatened to burn it down, Cruz said.
“He told me he was going to kill me,” Cruz said.
Eventually, employees were able to get a restraining order and run Paddock off, Cruz said.
After the Las Vegas shooting, Cruz said he feared that Bruce Paddock would return with violent intentions.
Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers from his 32nd-floor hotel window in the heart of Las Vegas on Oct. 1.