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Man fatally stabbed in Bell Gardens after fight involving teen girl

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5-11-2008 California:

Officials say the man was stabbed during a confrontation with the father and brother of the girl, 15, who said he had made sexual advances toward her.

A man was fatally stabbed Friday afternoon after he was confronted by the father and brother of a teenage girl who told them he had made sexual advances as she walked on a busy Bell Gardens street, authorities said today.

The stabbing took place about 3:43 p.m. in the 7700 block of Eastern Avenue near Clara Street shortly after the 15-year-old girl ran home and told her family she had just been accosted, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

Shortly after, they said, the girl's father and brother went out in search of the man. They apparently located him quickly and a fight broke out. During the fight the man was stabbed, authorities said.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Sheriff's Deputy Rick Castro said no arrests had been made. Investigators have not determined who stabbed the man, he said. Bell Gardens police officers initially responded to the scene, Castro said.

The name of the man was not released pending notification of next of kin, county coroner's investigator Betsy Magdaleno said today.

It was unknown how the father and brother had identified the man as the one who allegedly accosted the teenager. Bell Gardens police declined to answer questions about the incident. A sheriff's deputy in the department's media relations office said she did not have more details to release. ..more.. by Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

The Homicide Report

Ricardo Cortez, 40, a Latino man, was stabbed in the 7715 Eastern Ave. in Bell Gardens about 3:45 p.m. Friday, May 9. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Cortez was stabbed after he was confronted by the father and son of a teenage girl who told them that he had allegedly accosted her. Authorities said the 15-year-old girl was walking on Eastern Avenue when the man made "sexual advances." The girl ran home and told her family.

The father and son found Cortez and a fight ensued, during which Cortez was stabbed, authorities said. It was unclear how the father and son identified Cortez as the one who accosted the girl. Deputy Luis Castro said no arrests were made because investigators had not determined who stabbed Cortez. Bell Gardens police officers were the first on scene, Castro said. ..News Source.. by LA Times

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is upsetting but growing up in bell gardens is horrible. There are so many sex offenders and child molesters other than its gang infested there seems to be no control it keeps happening ocasionally. This family just didn't feel safe calling the police because they were not going to do anything to that offender that always happens in these types of neighborhoods.