Jai Malik Carter, 23
Jai Malik Carter, a 23-year-old black man, was fatally stabbed Thursday, May 10, at 401 S. Vermont Ave. in Koreatown, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 6 p.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic Division responded to a call of a stabbing at a smoke shop. When officers arrived, they found Carter on the sidewalk, according to a news release from the department.
Carter was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:51 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
A second man, later identified as Vardan Tokmajyan, a 24-year-old Armenian, was found nearby with injuries on his hand and foot.
Police don’t know what happened before Carter was stabbed, but it’s believed there was an argument or a “possible misunderstanding,” Det. Tyler Adams said in an email.
Adams said that during an altercation, Tokmajyan held Carter against his will and tried to take property from him.
Tokmajyan, of Glendale, has been charged with one count of murder with the allegation that he used a knife as a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Tokmajyan also faces an allegation that the murder was committed during an attempted robbery and during a kidnapping, prosecutors said.
Tokmajyan is due back in court July 19, according to online court records.
Anyone with information is asked to call Adams at (323) 382-9467. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.