Sources: 'Sons of Anarchy' actor may have been on 'smiles' drug
Investigators are looking into whether "Sons of Anarchy" actor Johnny Lewis may have been under the influence of drugs Wednesday when he allegedly fatally attacked an 81-year-old woman before falling to his own death.
Sources said detectives believe C2-I — a new designer drug known as "smiles" — might have played a role in the incident. The illegal drug causes hallucinogenic effects, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and was linked to the deaths of two North Dakota teenagers this summer.
The drug is usually sold in tablets or powder form, which users often mix with chocolate before eating.
Los Angeles police found the body of Lewis in a driveway in the 3600 block of Lowry Road on Wednesday morning, authorities said. Law enforcement sources said he fell on his head from a roof or balcony.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office identified the woman as Catherine Davis, 81, who police said Wednesday may have rented a room to Lewis. The sources said Davis and Lewis got into some kind of altercation.Details of the incident were still not clear as the investigation continued, but authorities said it began about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday when police received several calls reporting a "screaming woman" and three men fighting.
Lewis allegedly climbed a wall and fought with a house painter at a neighboring residence before going back to Davis' home, police said. He then scaled the wall again to fight with the painter and the owner of the second house, Los Angeles police Sgt. Frank Preciado said.
The owner of the home said reports that Lewis showed “superhuman strength” were accurate. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said Lewis was hardly detered by the blows he took, that it was like “hitting him with a fly swatter.”
The neighbor, his wife and the painter ran into the house after managing to shake Lewis. It took all three barricaded against the door to keep him out, said the neighbor, who asked not to be identified.
When officers arrived, they found Lewis' body in the driveway about six feet from the wall. They later found Davis' body at the home. Investigators said they believe Davis died from blunt force trauma and that Lewis was the sole suspect.
Coroner's officials said no official causes of death had been determined.
The two men who fought with the suspect received minor injuries and were treated at the scene, Preciado said.
Best known for his two-season role as Kip "Half-Sack" Epps on "Sons of Anarchy," Lewis' list of credits include appearances on "Boston Public," "The O.C.," "Criminal Minds" and "The Guardian." The Los Angeles native also had several film roles, including a part in "The Runaways" and "Raise Your Voice," starring Hilary Duff.
He most recently played a prisoner in "186 Dollars to Freedom," released this month.
— Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather