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Michael Vizkelety, 48 [Update]

Michael Vizkelety, a 48-year-old white man, was stabbed to death Monday, March 19, in the 5600 block of De Soto Avenue in Woodland Hills, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Vizkelety was stabbed during a fight outside Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center about 2:55 a.m., said Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office.

Vizkelety was treated at the hospital and later pronounced dead.

The victim's autopsy is still pending, Winter said.

The coroner's office had no other information about the case.

The Times has contacted investigators to obtain additional details about the death and will post an update as soon as possible.

[Updated March 27: LAPD Topanga homicide Det. Dave Peteque, who is handling the case, said Vikelety was a transient. At the time of his death, he was staying in and around the Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center.

Early Monday morning, a worker from the hospital’s house cleaning department went outside and was confronted by Vizkelety.

The worker, later identified as Solomon Washington, had an exchange with Vizkelety. He then went to alert security about Vizkelety and his behavior.

After speaking with security, Washington went back outside and had an additional disagreement with the victim, Peteque said.

At some point Vizkelety punched Washington. A fight started and Washington stabbed Vizkelety.

Security became aware of the fight and Vizkelety was taken to the emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.

Peteque said Washington, a 58-year-old black man, was extremely cooperative with police after Vizkelety's death. Following the killing, Washington was arrested on suspicion of murder, but authorities lessened the charge to voluntary manslaughter.

Washington has since been released on bail and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 22 at the Van Nuys Municipal Court.

Anyone with additional information about the death is asked to contact the LAPD at (877) 527-3247. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

— Los Angeles Times

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