Three men who police identified as transients have been charged in the stabbing death on Tuesday night of a 23-year-old woman who took their photograph near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. as the victim, identified as Christine Calderone, and a male companion were walking near the intersection. One of the suspects was allegedly holding up a sign that contained obscenities and a smiley face, according to reports. The suspects were identified as Dustin Kinnear, 27, Jason Wolstone, 33, and Brian Widdows, 34. Kinnear has been charged with one count of murder, with the allegation that he used a knife. Wolstone is charged with assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and two counts of being an accessory after the fact, while Widdows is charged with two counts of being an accessory after the fact.
Lt. Marc Reina, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division, said one of the suspects demanded money after Calderone took a photograph. An altercation ensued, and the three men began fighting with the victim and her male companion. Reina said the fight spilled into the street, and Calderone was stabbed once in the torso. The male victim did not sustain any injuries. Paramedics transported the victim to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Two of the suspects were arrested approximately three hours later near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Reina said the third suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday morning near Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue. The victim and her companion live in the Los Angeles area, and were described as co-workers in reports. Reina said they were “visiting Hollywood.”
The incident marked the second time in seven days that a transient allegedly stabbed and killed someone in Hollywood. On June 11, a suspect identified as Lowell Taylor allegedly murdered a transient following a dispute at a recycling center near Wilcox Avenue and Yucca Street. Taylor was arrested a short time later and booked for murder.
Reina said numerous transients live in an around Hollywood, and they are frequently involved in crime. He added, however, that the recent stabbings are unusual.
“We regularly monitor the transients. Some of them are involved in various levels of crime, from minor crime to violent crime,” Reina said. “This is the first time I have seen something like this occur near Hollywood and Highland.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Dets. Morgan or Skaggs, with the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit, at (213)382-9470.
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