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Police Say Saturday Stabbing Could Have Been Gang Related

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, May 10, 2010, at 09:14AM
Spring Street Police Tape Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A man stabbed a dozen or more times in broad daylight on Los Angeles street Saturday could have been the victim of gang-related violence, police say. The unidentified hispanic man in his 30's was attacked at the corner of 5th street and is currently in intensive care.

Friday, May 14: Police today arrested a 17-year-old gang member for Saturday's attack.

Half a dozen men first surrounded the victim and beat him.

“The attack started as a beat down until the victim fell to the sidewalk near a lone tree,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, head of detectives for Central Division. “According to one witness, most of the attackers backed away, then a lone suspect began ruthlessly stabbing the victim.”

The victim had no identification.

According to police, the attack could have been the work of the 5th and Hill gang. “We know the 5th-and-Hill gang tries to control this area by taxing the street vendors for protection,” Lt. Vernon explained. “The gang members are often vendors themselves. If someone does not pay their tax, they get beat up or worse. We’ve seen it before.”

In two prior attacks on the 5th street side of the same building, suspects turned out to be 5th and Hill members posing as hot dog vendors.


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