Man, woman arrested in gruesome killing at Woodland Hills hotel


Police on Thursday arrested a man and woman suspected of killing a 42-year-old man who was found tied up and handcuffed at a Woodland Hills hotel last week.

Calene Brudek, 52, and Anthony Ostroff, 70, were taken into custody at an apartment building on Thursday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Brudek and Ostroff, both from the San Fernando Valley, have been charged with murder, said Steve Castro, a homicide detective with the LAPD’s Valley Bureau.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on March 10, LAPD officers responded to reports of an assault at an apartment building on Ventura Boulevard near the 101 Freeway.

Topanga area patrol officers arrived and found a man, identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as Jeffrey Howe, on the floor of a room at a hotel. Officials said the man’s feet were tied together and his hands were handcuffed behind his back. There were signs of strangulation on his neck. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Detectives learned the man had been spotted by a security guard and manager of the Extended Stay America location. He had been staying at the hotel since July.

By Monday, Castro said they had identified leads on suspects and a motive.

Brudek and Ostroff are not related to the victim, Castro said. They know each other, he said, but the exact nature of their relationship wasn’t clear.

The two are being held at Van Nuys prison on $2 million bail, he said.

Howe’s cause of death is not listed in the coroner’s case file and has been postponed pending further investigation.

More details on the case are expected to be released next week, officials said.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-17/suspects-arrrested-in-connection-with-killing-of-bound-handcuffed-man-woodland-hills Man, woman arrested in gruesome killing at Woodland Hills hotel

Dais Johnston

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