Knife Attack Suspect in Custody

September 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

EAST LOS ANGELES – A 29-year-old man suspected of carrying out a knife attack on a woman in East Los Angeles remains in custody Friday.

The 23-year-old victim who was taken to the hospital for stab wounds to her hands and arms remained in stable condition today, said Lt. Alex Salinas of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s East Los Angeles station.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, also was taken to the hospital following the attack, which was reported at 10:19 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Clela Avenue.

Salinas said deputies who happened to have been in the area used force to take down the man, who later told deputies he had been high on meth all day prior to the attack. Taking him to the hospital was common practice because force was used, but the man was not injured, Salinas said.

The victim was in line at a taco truck with her mother when the suspect grabbed her by the neck and dragged her away, Salinas said.

A man driving by who saw the attack attempted to scare off the suspect with a crowbar but was unsuccessful, according to Salinas. The good Samaritan sustained a minor injury while attempting to stop the attack but not one that warranted a hospital trip, he added.

Man Stabbed in Boyle Heights

July 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A man was hospitalized with stable vital signs Tuesday after he was stabbed during an altercation with other men in Boyle Heights, police said.

The stabbing was reported at 10:36 p.m. Monday at Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Fickett Street, said Sgt. Victor Arellano of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station.

The victim was in a fight with other men and one man threatened to stab him before pulling out a knife and stabbing him in the abdomen, Arellano said.

The victim wasn’t cooperating with investigators, he said.

Homeless Man Stabbed in Boyle Heights

March 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A transient was stabbed Thursday night during an argument with another transient in Boyle Heights.
The stabbing on Fourth Street near the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway was reported at about 7 p.m., said Sgt. Michael Castaneda of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station.
A witness told police the two men might have been friends but they got into an argument before one man stabbed the other in the chest, Castaneda said.
The victim was taken to County-USC Medical Center for treatment of serious wounds, Castaneda said.
The suspect fled the scene, Castaneda said.

Arrest Made In Lincoln Heights Area Stabbing

January 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A man was in custody today after he allegedly stabbed a process server in the Lincoln Heights area and then fled, police said.

The stabbing took place in the 1700 block of Albion Street, just southeast of the Golden State (5) Freeway, Los Angeles police Sgt. David Hwang said.

The victim was attempting to serve papers related to a restraining order when the suspect stabbed him, Hwang said.

The suspect then fled into the neighborhood. LAPD officers set up a search perimeter and finally tracked him down about 3:30 a.m., Hwang said.

The suspect’s name was not immediately released.

The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Two Women Being Sought In Highland Park Stabbing Death

December 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Police asked for the public’s help today in tracking down whoever stabbed to death a 24-year-old man in Highland Park.

Bryan Wilfredo Najarro was found laying in the 5900 block of North Figueroa Street near the intersection with Avenue 59 around 2:25 a.m.

Wednesday, Los Angeles police Sgt. Douglas Bowler said, adding that the motive has not been determined.

The suspects were described as two Hispanic women in their 30s wearing dark clothes, according to the LAPD. Witnesses told police the women left the scene in a black sedan and headed south on Avenue 59.

Anyone with information on the homicide was asked to call LAPD’s Northeast Division Detective Lewis Lenchuk or Officer Watterson at (323) 344- 5731. Tipsters can also call the 24-hour tipline at (877) LAPD-24-7. All tips can be submitted anonymously.

Arraignment Postponed for Bus Stabbing Suspect

November 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Arraignment was postponed today for a Glendale man charged with murder in the stabbing death of a passenger aboard a Metro bus in Highland Park.

Allan Jay Milton, 43, of Glendale is accused in the stabbing death of Phillip Melendez of Los Angeles. His arraignment was reset for Nov. 30.

Milton, who’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail, allegedly stabbed Melendez Monday after getting into an argument with him. He allegedly fled when the bus stopped at North Figueroa and Meridian streets and was arrested by the sheriff’s Transit Policing Division the next day.

If convicted, Milton could face up to 26 years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Authorities previously said they were looking for three suspects but now say the other two men are considered witnesses to whom investigators would like to speak.

Man Stabbed to Death In Highland Park

March 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Authorities today identified a man who was found stabbed to death in an alley in Highland Park.

The body was discovered about 9:45 p.m. Sunday near Avenue 60 and Figueroa Street. Olugbenga Oni, 34, had suffered a stab wound to the upper body, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

There were no arrests, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which asked anyone with information about the stabbing to call police detectives Governo or Zesati at (323) 344-5731; or (877) LAPD-247.

13-Year Old Charged With Murder in Middle School Stabbing

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A 13-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 14-year-old high school student outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles was charged Tuesday with murder.

The boy, whose name was not released because he was charged as a juvenile, is expected to appear in court tomorrow at the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse.

He is accused of stabbing Steven Cruz, a student at Garfield High School, shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in front of the nearby middle school.

Friends said Cruz was walking home when he stopped by the middle school to see friends. The suspect, a reputed gang member, asked Cruz where he was from, a common tactic by gang members to determine gang affiliation, then stabbed him in the torso, officials said.

14-Year-Old Stabbed to Death at East Los Angeles Middle School

January 24, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

A 14-year-old high school student was fatally stabbed outside Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles Friday.

A 13-year-old was arrested at his home in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon. He was taken to the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station and booked for suspicion of murder, sheriff’s officials said.

The identity of the suspect was not immediately released, but officials said he is possibly a gang member.

Firefighters responded at 3:08 p.m. Friday to a report of a stabbing victim on the school steps and took the youth to County-USC Medical Center, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau has identified the victim as 14-year-old Steven Cruz.

Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Monica Carazo said the victim was stabbed by another boy as he stood on the perimeter of school grounds immediately after classes let out for the day.

Daryl Strickland, another LAUSD representative, said the victim was a student at Garfield High School.

“Early reports said the victim was stabbed with scissors, but that has been changed to a sharp object,” Strickland said.

The identity of the suspect is not known, but was described by Lt. Holly Francisco of the Sheriff’s Dept. as a male Hispanic juvenile. It was unclear if or where he attended school.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives were dispatched to investigate the killing.

Cruz was walking home when he stopped by the middle school to see friends, the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s station reported.

The suspect, a gang member, asked Cruz where he was from, a common tactic by gang members to determine gang affiliation, then stabbed him in the torso, according to KCAL.

Cruz was described as a good student who enjoyed skateboarding.

Griffith Middle School parents were notified of the death by a recorded audio message, Carazo said.

The school, just starting its after school program, was locked down after the stabbing “to ensure the students’ safety by making sure the grounds were safe and to give authorities a chance to see if anyone witnessed the fatality,” Strickland said.

Parents, hearing news of the stabbing rushed to the school but were not immediately allowed to speak with their student.

“Parents and students were brought to the auditorium so they could hear more about why it was important to keep students later than usual,” he said, adding that students were to be released one at a time to ensure that they were going home with a family member. Parents were not allowed to speak with their children during the lockdown.

Crisis counselors will be available to students at Griffith Middle School and Garfield High School on Monday, LAUSD officials said.

Update Sat., Jan. 24, 9:30pm. Story updated with information of arrest made in the murder.

Correction Mon., Jan. 26, 10 a.m. An earlier version of the story incorrectly referred to the stabbing as a shooting.

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