Seiji Hatsumura, a 58-year-old Asian man, died on Friday, Oct. 14, after he was stabbed in the 21000 block of Violeta Avenue in Lakewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Hatsumura was homeless and had been staying around the concrete wash near the end of Violeta Avenue, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza. The area is frequented by transients.
Witnesses told investigators that Hatsumura got into an argument with a man on a bicycle about 9 p.m., Mendoza said. During the dispute, the cyclist pulled out a knife and stabbed Hasumura several times in the upper torso.
Hatsumura was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:45 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The cyclist, described as a black man in his 40s, was last seen riding westbound on Centralia Street, Mendoza said.
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Larry Betancourt Demelo, a 38-year-old white man, was shot and killed Saturday, Sept. 10, in the 11800 block of Centralia Street in Lakewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Demelo, a resident of Artesia, had been sitting in a stairwell outside his girlfriend’s apartment building talking to another man, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Rosson.
About 11 p.m., Demelo walked out to the street to talk to someone in a vehicle, Rosson said. Someone in the car shot Demelo in the torso and drove away. Demelo staggered back to the stairwell and collapsed, he said.
Demelo was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:39 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The person who had been talking to Demelo on the stairwell ran away, and investigators have not been able to speak with him, Rosson ...