LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) – The brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was arrested Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley on suspicion of possession of child pornography.
Bruce Paddock, 59, was arrested at an assisted living home on the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood after police say they were tipped off to alleged pornographic materials on his computer.
The investigation began “after evidence was discovered inside a business located in the 9000 block of San Fernando Road in Sun Valley”, according to an LAPD statement.
Prosecutors are charging him with one count of possession of over 600 images of child pornography and 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
“Paddock had been squatting inside the business and after his eviction, the evidence was discovered,” an LAPD statement says. “At the time of the initial investigation, Paddock was a transient and could not be located.”
He was found this morning at the Laurel Canyon Boulevard address and arrested by a task force that also included the FBI, authorities said.
The investigation reportedly began prior to the Oct. 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, where authorities say brother Stephen shot hundreds of people, killing 58 people before taking his own life.
While Bruce Paddock is not a suspect in the Vegas shooting, he does have a reported history of run-ins with law enforcement, including arrests on arson, vandalism, burglary, weed, and other charges.
According to one TV report, Paddock was also accused of bizarre behavior back in 2014 involving a dispute with a Los Angeles area auto repair shop, even allegedly threatening the owner, setting up surveillance cameras at the store and hiding in a shop attic to spy on people.
Paddock was being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center on $60,000 bail, according to police.
His photo was released along with a statement urging any possible victims to call Lt. Andrea Grossman at (562) 624-
4027, or (877) LAPD-247.
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