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Rodney Paul Craig, 56

Rodney Paul Craig, a 56-year-old black man, was fatally stabbed Saturday, Aug. 17, near Wilshire Boulevard and South Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles, according to the L.A. County coroner’s office.

Craig was setting up camp about 10 p.m. when he was approached by other people who asked him to move down the street, according to an LAPD news release.

As Craig began to collect his belongings, about six men surrounded him and told him to move faster. Craig began to walk eastbound on Wilshire Boulevard and attempted to kick at another person’s dog, but missed.

The dog’s owner responded by striking Craig several times, according to the release.

Craig was then stabbed with an unknown sharp object. As he attempted to flee, he collapsed.

He died at the scene at 10:10 p.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner’s office.

Police later arrested Anthony Solomon Johnson, 23, on suspicion of murder, according to the release.

Two other men, whom police described only as black and who are thought to have been involved in the stabbing, remain at large.

Johnson is being held on $1-million bail, according to L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s online records.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call LAPD Central Homicide Detectives at (213) 972-1203. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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