A Dispute Escalates to Murder

October 9, 2000

Saturday, October 7, 2000

"A Dispute Escalates to Murder"

Los Angeles – On October 7, 2000, at approximately 10:55 am, the Los Angeles Police Department emergency line received a phone call reporting the victim of cutting who was down on the sidewalk in front of 107 East 6th Street. Central Area officers responded to the location ,and found a man on the ground bleeding, from a wound to the upper chest. Witnesses to the incident directed officers to the area of 6th Street and Wall Street ,where they located a male with a bloody mouth ,and severe bruising around his face.

The victim, whose identity has not been established, was transported to a local hospital for treatment but failed to respond and died at 11:49 am.

The preliminary investigation shows that the victim and the suspect became involved in a dispute, which ultimately escalated. During the escalation, the suspect armed himself with a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest.

The suspect has been identified as Bernard Mitchell, a 58 year old resident of Los Angeles. He was booked at Parker Center Jail for Murder, with no bail.

This investigation is being conducted by Central Area Homicide Detectives who can be reached at 213-485-2671.

This press release was prepared by Officer Don Cox, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.

For Release 12:00 pm PDT
October 9, 2000