Police investigating Echo Park stabbing death [updated]

Aug 16, 2014
A skateboard taped to a lampost was part of a sidewalk memorial taking shape on Sunset boulevard

A skateboard taped to a lamppost was part of a sidewalk memorial taking shape on Sunset boulevard

ECHO PARK — The man who was stabbed  during a Friday night argument with  three suspects on Sunset Boulevard has died from his wounds, police said today.

Police this morning were looking for surveillance videos and conducting probation checks on the homes of known gang members as they conducted their investigation into the murder of the 22-year-old Latino male, said Northeast Division Capt. Jeffrey Bert.   While gang detectives are assisting in the investigation, it’s not clear whether the stabbing, which took place as the area was  busy with crowds attending the Echo Park Rising music festival, is gang related, Bert said.

The victim  and a woman described as his girlfriend were walking on Sunset near Laveta Terrace at about 11:30 pm when when one of the three suspects who were headed in the opposite direction punched the victim in the jaw, according to a witness who recognized the couple as customers at the shop where he works. The victim then swung his skateboard at the three men before he was stabbed, falling to the ground as his girlfriend screamed.

Bert said there will be additional police patrols tonight as well as LAPD vehicles equipped with license plate readers as the investigation continues.

Updated at 4:12 pm:   L.A. Now and other news reports say the suspects may have been trying to take away the victim’s skateboard during the assault.  His name has not been officially released by authorities but some reader comments and a sidewalk shrine set up today mention “Carlos”  or “Carlos Arellano.”

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The memorial and some reader comments said the victim’s first name was Carlos but neither the LAPD or L.A. County Coroner have publicly identified him.


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