A young actor who was known for his role on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and also appeared in “The O.C.” was found dead Wednesday in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles along with an 81-year-old woman in a gruesome scenario that authorities were still piecing together, ABC News reports.
The dead man has been identified as Jonathan Kendrick Lewis, 28, known as Johnny Lewis. He was a regular on the biker series “Sons of Anarchy,” playing Kip “Half Sack” Epps.
“Officers responding to a report of a screaming woman came upon Lewis’ body outside of the home on the driveway, while the body of Catherine Davis, 81, was found inside the residence,” ABC News reports.
TMZ.com reports that Lewis is suspected of killing Davis.
“Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … cops believe Johnny was on drugs — either PCP or meth — at the time he allegedly killed a woman and then fell to his death,” the story reports. “Sources tell us … after allegedly killing the 81-year-old woman, Johnny had fought with two men for 3 to 4 minutes … hurting at least one of them.
“We’re told Johnny initially used a 2×4 to attack the men … and then used his bare hands.”
LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV: "He appeared to have died from some type of fall, either from the stairway, or from the balcony, or from one of the roofs.
"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.”
ABC News reported that a neighbor and a handyman were “badly beaten in a confrontation they had with the suspect.”
“The cause of death of Davis has not yet been released, but Smith said that she had suffered major trauma,” the ABC News report adds. “Smith said that though it is possible that Lewis was renting one of the rooms in the residence, police are still unsure, calling it ‘very preliminary.’"
TMZ adds: “Law enforcement sources say the men he fought with say Johnny showed ‘super-human strength’ and was ‘phenomenally strong.’ We’re told Johnny tried to break into the house of one of the men … and it took 3 people to hold him back.
“One source tells TMZ … Johnny had gone to a neighbor’s home to introduce himself earlier in the day. Neighbors tell us Johnny had lived in that house before, moved away, and then came back.
“Neighbors who knew Johnny say he was a ‘nice guy.’"
The ABC News report adds: “Lewis, who began acting in his teenage years, worked steadily in television in roles on ‘Boston Public,’ ‘American Dreams’ and ‘The O.C.’ His career picked up steam when he landed the role of Kip ‘Half Sack’ Epps on two seasons of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and appeared alongside Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart in ‘The Runaways’ in 2010.”