By Aaron Blevins, 8/16/2012
LAPD Topanga Area Detectives have determined that a teenager who died under suspicious circumstances was administered a fatal dose of heroin.
On Aug. 9, at about 9:10 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department summoned LAPD Topanga Area patrol officers to a Woodland Hills residence in the 5300 block of Manton Avenue. When they arrived, LAFD personnel told officers about a deceased 13-year-old male inside the residence with no visible signs for cause of death.
A short time later, homicide detectives conducted an investigation and determined that a resident at the location, 23-year-old Brett Cronin, had administered the fatal dose of heroin to the victim. Cronin’s motive is unclear and still under investigation.
Cronin was arrested and booked for murder at LAPD’s Van Nuys jail facility. His bail has been set at $1 million.
Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Topanga Area Homicide Detectives at (818)756-4869. After hours and on weekends, calls may be directed to (818)756-4800. Anonymous tips can also be called into Crime Stoppers at (800)222-8477 or by texting 274637 with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.