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Alex Littlejohn, 57

Alex Littlejohn, a 57-year-old black man, was fatally stabbed Sunday, Sept. 28, in the 600 block of East Broadway Street, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.   

The incident began when Littlejohn allegedly stabbed Minas Arutyunyan, a 30-year-old white man, without provocation about 2 a.m., according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

Arutyunyan later died as a result of complications from the stabbing, according to coroner's records.

Littlejohn, a homeless man who lived in Glendale, and Arutyunyan, who lived in Sunland, did not know each other, Lightfoot said. 

Arutyunyan was walking near the Glendale Police Station after working at a nearby banquet hall, family members told the Glendale News-Press. 

When Littlejohn stabbed him, Arutyunyan 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. 

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.

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