A story for every victim

Minas Arutyunyan, 30

Minas Arutyunyan, a 30-year-old white man, died Monday, Sept. 29, from complications caused by multiple stab wounds he received in the 100 block of North Isabel Street in Glendale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

The incident also resulted in the death of Alex Littlejohn, who allegedly began stabbing Arutyunyan without provocation about 2 a.m. on Sept. 28, said Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. 

Littlejohn was a 57-year-old homeless black man who lived in the Glendale area, Lightfoot said. The two men did not know each other, she said. 

Arutyunyan, who lived in Sunland, was walking near the Glendale Police Station after working at a nearby banquet hall, family members told the Glendale News-Press. He was initially stunned by the attack and ran away, about a block south toward the Glendale Courthouse in the 600 block of East Broadway Street, Lightfoot said.

Littlejohn caught up with Arutyunyan and allegedly stabbed him again, Lightfoot said. That time, Arutyunyan fought back. 

In the struggle, Artuyunyan took the knife away from Littlejohn and stabbed him, Lightfoot said. 

Littlejohn was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:19 a.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Arutyunyan was able to walk back to the police station and call for help. He was taken to a nearby hospital with what authorities first believed were non-life-threatening injuries. 

The following day, however, Arutyunyan developed a pulmonary embolism as a result of probable deep leg vein thrombosis, complicated by his stab wounds, according to coroner’s records. He was pronounced dead at the hospital on Sept. 29 at 9:49 p.m. 

Friends and family mourned during a vigil on Oct. 6 outside Glendale High School, where Arutyunyan played on the water polo team, honed his skills on the violin and graduated in 2003. He was described as a loving man, who often helped entertainers and disc jockeys in the Armenian community set up and tear down their sound equipment. 

“He was a guy who just wanted to enjoy life, and just do what he wanted to do as far as helping people,” said his brother, Hayk Arutyunyan. “It doesn’t make sense. From the time it happened, to the time he was put in the hospital, to the time of his passing. It doesn’t make sense at all.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Glendale criminal investigations department at 818-548-4840. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

Share a memory or thought about Minas Arutyunyan

Before you post, here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

Remember, all posts are approved by a Times staffer. Profanity and personal attacks will not be approved.

  Required
  Required
Email addresses are not republished or used for marketing purposes.