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Gilbert Ochoa Jr., 43

Gilbert Ochoa, a 43-year-old Latino, died Friday, Dec. 9, after he was stabbed in the 4000 block of Harlan Avenue in Baldwin Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Ochoa was talking with a neighbor in the neighbor's driveway a little after midnight when one of the neighbor’s tenants came outside and instigated an argument, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.  

The argument grew into a physical fight, and Ochoa struck the tenant with a metal pipe, Mendoza said. 

The tenant then wrested the pipe away from Ochoa, struck him with it and stabbed him, Mendoza said. 

Ochoa was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:10 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

The tenant, identified as Steven Barron, 54, remained at the scene, Mendoza said, and was treated for a broken forearm. He was then arrested on suspicion of murder. 

On Dec. 13, Barron was charged with one count of murder, but his arraignment was continued until this week -- Tuesday, Jan. 10 -- said Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Barron will be arraigned in Department F of the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Pomona Courthouse.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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