Jimmy Bradford, 47
Jimmy Bradford, a 47-year-old black man, was fatally stabbed Monday, June 12, in the 5800 block of Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 8 a.m., Bradford was near a 101 Freeway onramp in Hollywood, where he may have been panhandling, when he got into an argument with two other people, Los Angeles Police Lt. John Radtke said.
The argument escalated, and Bradford was stabbed by a man, police said.
The man’s girlfriend then stole Bradford’s backpack, Radtke said. Bradford was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:39 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
On June 15, Alex Conn Vasquez, a 23-year-old Latino, was charged with one count of murder with the allegation that the crime was committed during a robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Vasquez pleaded not guilty and is scheduled in court July 20, according to court records. He is being held without bail in the L.A. County jail.
Prosecutors say Vasquez stabbed Bradford several times in the back before fleeing east on Hollywood Boulevard with his girlfriend.
Vasquez’s girlfriend subsequently turned herself into authorities and “made admissions” in connection with Bradford’s killing, Radtke said. Her identity has not been released because she is a minor. She was charged with murder in juvenile court, and a judge will decide whether she will be prosecuted as an adult, police said.
LAPD officers, aided by an FBI team, arrested Vasquez on June 13 in the 4600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, authorities said.
Vasquez, however, implicated his girlfriend, with whom he has a child, Radtke said, adding that he did not know where the child was.
It’s unclear whether an attorney is representing Vasquez, who has been in and out of custody over the last four years. In 2013, he pleaded guilty in two grand theft cases, and in 2014, he was sentenced to two years in state prison on a felony robbery conviction, according to court records. He also pleaded guilty to petty theft in 2013.