Investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit are searching for a suspect or suspects who stabbed a victim to death during an unrelated incident on Dec. 1 at a house party in the Mid-City area.
Officers from the LAPD’s Wilshire Division were summoned to a residence in the 2000 block of Thurman Ave. at approximately 12:19 p.m., and found the wounded victim being aided by other people from the party. Paramedics took the victim, David Beltran, 32, to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators determined that Beltran was at the party and had stepped out front when an unknown suspect or suspects approached on foot and allegedly stabbed him. Authorities also determined that a suspect had fired shots at Beltran, but he was not struck by the gunfire. The suspects fled before police arrived, and no description is available.
Det. John Shafia, with the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit, said fewer than 20 people were attending the party, and the incident has not been determined to be gang related. The house is located in a residential neighborhood near Venice Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. He said detectives are uncertain whether the suspects were present at the party or came from somewhere else, because witnesses and people from the house have been uncooperative.
“The incident occurred in the front yard, and there were few witnesses at the scene,” Shafia added. “It could have been an argument, but we are still trying to solidify that.”
Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call investigators at (213)382-9470.
Detectives with the West Bureau Homicide Unit are also investigating a potential suicide that occurred behind a building in the 5700 block of Mesmer Ave. on Nov. 29.
Shafia said the victim was apparently a transient who intentionally set himself ablaze. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has not made a final determination as to the cause of death, and the victim’s name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
A security guard found the victim and notified police. Shafia said evidence was collected at the scene indicating it was a suicide, but he declined to elaborate.
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