Johnny Lewis, of “Sons of Anarchy” fame, was found dead outside a Los Angeles home, and an elderly woman was also found dead inside the residence, reported ABC News. The deceased actor is suspected of murdering the woman, authorities told media outlets.
The Los Angeles coroner’s office said on Wednesday that Jonathan Kendrick Lewis, 28, who acted under the name Johnny Lewis on the FX motorcycle club drama, was the individual found dead outside a home in the Los Feliz neighborhood. The Los Angeles Times reported that authorities began their investigation at about 10:40 a.m. when they received reports of a screaming woman and three men fighting in the 3600 block of Lowry Road.
When the officers arrived, they discovered Lewis dead in the driveway about six feet from a wall, along with the body of 81-year-old Katherine Davis inside the home, according to the L.A. Times. Los Angeles police Sgt. Frank Preciado believes that Lewis had scaled the wall and gotten into multiple confrontations with some house painters, along with allegedly murdering Davis.
"He appeared to have died from some type of fall, either from the stairway, or from the balcony, or from one of the roofs," LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said, according to ABC. "The best we're piecing together now is that it appears that some type of altercation occurred inside of the house resulting in the death of the woman. Then this individual ran outside, had an altercation with a couple of neighbors, ran back into the house and by the time we got here, he had fallen or had somehow died on the driveway.”
Investigators told the newspaper that they believe Davis died from blunt force trauma. Lewis is the only suspect, though the coroner has yet to release an official cause of death, police said.
Authorities believe that Lewis had been renting a room from Davis. ABC reported that Greg Sarian, a neighbor of Davis, said that the elderly women often rented out rooms to boarders.
Sarian told ABC that he heard screams early that morning. "'Help, help,' from both sides, man and woman," Sarian told the TV news station. "I was praying to God. 'God,' I said, 'Clean up this mess here, because this is evil place.' Evil place. All kind of people, by the way, coming, different people, coming, going couple of days, disappearing, coming, other people."
Lewis began acting in his teenage years, and has appeared in movies and television shows including "Boston Public," "American Dreams," “The Runaways” and "The O.C." He joined “Sons of Anarchy” as Kip "Half Sack" Epps in the show’s second season.