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Nery Puluc Ambrosio, 54

Nery Puluc Ambrosio, a 54-year-old Latino, was fatally stabbed Wednesday, Dec. 25 in the 1900 block of East 105th Street in Watts, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly before 11 a.m., Ambrosio intervened in a fight between his wife and his stepson, when his stepson pulled out a knife and stabbed him,  LAPD Lt. Jeff Nolte said.

Investigators found that Rudy Flores, 22, had been arguing with his mother over the location of a baseball bat she had hidden from him in their apartment, according to a news release from the L.A. County district attorney’s office.  

The mother refused to tell Flores where the bat was and went to her room, according to the news release.  Flores then allegedly pushed his way into the room, where the woman and Ambrosio were. He ended up stabbing Ambrosio. 

Before fleeing from the apartment, Flores began threatening his stepsister, who called 911. Flores then ran from the apartment but was followed by witnesses until he was arrested, Nolte said. 

Ambrosio was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:21 a.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman with the coroner’s office.  

Flores was charged Dec. 27 with one count of murder and one count of making criminal threats, according to the district attorney’s office.  

Flores, who is affiliated with the 5th and Hill gang, had been living out of state and was visiting, Nolte said.   

Flores is being held in lieu of $1-million bail. He is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, Jan. 7, officials said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-4341. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Paresh Dave

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