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Arrest made in death of Fountain Theatre director-producer Ben Bradley

January 5, 2010 |  2:50 pm

Bradley The L.A. Now blog is reporting this afternoon that Los Angeles police detectives have arrested a man in connection with the slaying of Bennett Bradley, a longtime director and producer at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood.

Bradley, 59, was found stabbed to death Jan. 2 in his apartment in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood.

Officials said today that the suspect and victim knew each other but they had no immediate details on the nature of the relationship. No names have been released in connection with the arrest. Police had initially suggested that Bradley was the possible target of a robbery.

Leaders at the Fountain Theatre told The Times on Monday that Bradley was scheduled to attend a rehearsal of "The Ballad of Emmett Till" on Saturday. After he didn't show up for the 5 p.m. rehearsal, members of the company attempted to call him but did not receive a response.

A stage manager for the theater later drove to Bradley's apartment where she discovered his body, according to the Fountain. She then alerted emergency services and other members of the company.

Bradley had worked at the Fountain Theatre for 16 years, beginning his career with the company as a telemarketer and then working his way up to direct and produce shows.

The theater said much of Bradley's family lives in Baltimore. It said that Bradley's mother has been notified of his death.

-- David Ng

Photo: Ben Bradley (left) with Simon Levy of the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood. Credit: Paul Morse / Los Angeles Times

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