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News Release

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Media Relations

Detectives Investigate Fatal Stabbing


Los Angeles: Central Area Homicide detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a 48 year-old male, Black.

On Saturday, April 19, 2003 at approximately 10:40 p.m., Central Area officers responded to a radio call of a "Ambulance Cutting" in the 400 block of East 5th Street. Upon arrival, Central officers were directed by security to a hotel room located in the above area. Officers entered the room and found a male Black bleeding profusely from a single stab wound to his neck area. According to hotel security the victim entered the hotel covered with blood. The victim entered his room and collapsed on a bed. Los Angeles Police Department Paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital.

On April 20, 2003 the victim was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

The officers preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had been involved in a dispute.

The victim’s identity has been established, but is being withheld pending notification of the family. The motive is unknown at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Central Homicide Detectives at 213-485-2671. On weekends and during off-hours, contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Lucy Diaz, Media Relations, 213-485-3586.