Los Angeles Police are offering a $50,000 reward for any information that could lead authorities to arresting an assailant that fatally stabbed a homeless man on Wednesday night.
The incident happened on the evening Nov. 6, and surveillance footage shows a man in a hooded sweatshirt violently attacking the victim, Fernando Perez, who does not appear to fight back. The man can be seen allegedly plunging a knife into Perez’s body multiple times before fleeing with a backpack,local Southern California news outlet KTLA reports.
Police are not sure if the backpack belonged to the victim or to the suspect.
Perez, was transported to a nearby hospital where a medical team tried to treat him for multiple stab wounds, but he failed to respond to treatment, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The suspect is a being described by police as a white man who is 25-35 years old and approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall. He has a thin build and brown hair.
During the stabbing, the suspect was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with the "Thrasher" magazine logo emblazoned across the chest, jogger-type pants and black shoes with white soles.
Police said he was accompanied by a female before and after the stabbing. She is described as a short, white female of small to medium build, also with brown hair.
"We're still investigating robbery as a potential motive," Jason Sharman, an LAPD homicide detective working on the case, told KTLA. "There was no particular exchange or interaction between the two.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Central Homicide detectives at 213-996-1878. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to Central Area Watch Commander at 213-486-6606. Calls may also be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip.
[Photos: Los Angeles Police Department]
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