A 45-year-old suspect was arrested on March 13 in downtown Los Angeles and booked for the March 4 murder of a man in West Hollywood.
Lt. Joe Mendoza, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau, identified the suspect as Carl Edwards, who he said is transgender and identifies as a woman. The suspect and victim were in a dating relationship and had been in an argument prior to the homicide, he said.
The suspect stabbed the victim at approximately 1:15 a.m. in the 7100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. Witnesses called 911 and the victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police identified the decedent as Bernar Arlain, 32. The victim and suspect are believed to be transients.
Mendoza said investigators identified the suspect by interviewing witnesses and examining security camera footage. Deputies with the department’s Fugitive Unit located the suspect at approximately 10:15 a.m. at a public location downtown, but Mendoza said he did not have specifics about where the arrest occurred. Edwards is facing one count of murder. He is being held without bail.
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