John Jose Enriquez, 46
John Jose Enriquez, a 46-year-old Latino, was killed Saturday, Dec. 26, after he was stabbed in the 11100 block of Long Beach Boulevard in Lynwood, according to coroner's records.
A passerby called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at 3:42 p.m. and reported that a man was unresponsive on a bus bench, said Lt. Joe Mendoza.
When deputies arrived, the man who was later identified as Enriquez "looked like he was just sitting on a bench and resting," Mendoza said. "There was nothing out of the ordinary until you looked really carefully."
Investigators discovered that Enriquez had been stabbed in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:58 p.m., according to coroner's records.
Enriquez was a homeless man who had been living in a cardboard shelter on a vacant lot near the bus bench, Mendoza said. Deputies found his belongings there that afternoon.
The bench where Enriquez died was at the northwest corner of a busy intersection, next to a gas station and across from a McDonald's, Mendoza said.
Early reports speculated that Enriquez had been sitting on the bench for possibly two days, Mendoza said, but surveillance camera footage from nearby businesses show the bench being empty until early that morning.
Investigators don't know the motive for the killing, nor do they have any suspect information, Mendoza said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.