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Arrest Made in Gang-Related Stabbing at 5th and Los Angeles

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, May 14, 2010, at 11:15AM
Spring Street Police Tape Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Police today arrested a 17-year-old member of the 5th and Hill gang on charges of attempted murder for last Saturday's daylight stabbing at 5th and Los Angeles.

Anonymous tips led detectives to the suspect, who is on probation for car-jacking and was recently arrested and released after leading police on a pursuit through Downtown.

Central gang unit officers identified the 17-year-old just after midnight this morning as he was standing at 4th and Main. He was arrested and is being held at Eastlake Juvenile Hall.

The incident started when a group of men attacked the victim, beating him to the ground. The suspect in today's arrest then stepped forward and stabbed the victim over a dozen times.

“This 17-year-old was working overtime to establish himself as an enforcer with this gang," said Lt. Paul Vernon, head of Central Division detectives.

The victim of the attack, a homeless man in his 30s, was not initially expected to survive but doctors now give him a much improved outlook.

Vernon earlier this week explained that the 5th-and-Hill gang attempts to tax street vendors operating in the area.

“We’re still looking for other suspects in this attack,” he said today. “One good thing to come out of this, we have been able to identify more members of this gang. Their brutal act has brought a lot of heat on this block and on them. I hope this is the tipping point for more people to say ‘enough’ to their intimidation.”

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