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Los Angeles: On Saturday, December 14, 2002, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Maria De La Luz Pintor, a female Hispanic 59-years of age was stabbed to death at a laundromat located in the 900 block of Forest Avenue. Detectives determined that Juan Pintor Vega, the victim’s husband, had stabbed the victim in the upper torso with a knife. Vega then attempted to kill himself by slashing his throat. Vega’s injury was not life threatening and he was transported by the Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics to a local hospital. Detectives arrested Vega for 187 P.C. Murder.
The motive for the stabbing is unknown.
Anyone with information regarding this matter is urged to contact Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives at 323-526-3111. During weekends and off-hours call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Lucy Diaz, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.