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Murder Charges Filed in Death of John Hautz, 88 Year old killed in Home Invasion

Santa Monica resident's murder shocked local community


Roy Antonio Davis

On February 23, 2018, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Detectives filed charges on a suspect believed to be involved in the murder of John Hautz. The suspect is identified as Roy Antonio Davis, a 26-year old male from Los Angeles. The charges were filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office - Airport Division Courthouse.

John Hautz, 88 was murdered in his 32nd Street home

On January 1, 2018 at about 1:04 p.m., SMPD Officers responded to a radio call for service in the 2300 block of 34th Street regarding an elderly male who appeared to be unconscious inside his residence. Officers made entry into the residence and discovered the man was deceased. Neighbors identified the dead man as John Hautz, an 88 year-old longtime Santa Monica resident.

Detectives used forensic techniques to link Davis to the death of John Hautz. Davis was in police custody at the Los Angeles County Jail for an unrelated robbery at the time murder charges were presented against him.

The District Attorney charged Davis with violations of Cal.Penal Code Sections 187(a) for Murder; and 459 PC – Burglary. Davis remains in custody with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office with no bail options pending court proceedings.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Leone (310) 458-8949; Detective Elias (310) 458-8943; or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.


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