Authorities are searching for a suspect who murdered a 32-year-old man on March 4 near a bus stop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.
The victim, Bernar Arlain, was stabbed at approximately 1:15 a.m. in the 7100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. Witnesses called 911 to report an assault and deputies from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station found the victim lying on the sidewalk bleeding profusely, said Capt. Sergio Aloma. Arlain was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The victim and a suspect had been involved in an argument and physical altercation prior to the stabbing, said Lt. Joe Mendoza, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau. Because it was dark, witnesses were not able to provide a description of the assailant.
“We haven’t made an arrest and we haven’t ID’d a suspect,” Mendoza said on Wednesday. “If anybody has any info, we would like them to call the sheriff’s department’s Homicide Bureau.”
Mendoza said investigators have canvassed the area looking for surveillance cameras and additional witnesses, but have no new leads. He said Arlain was homeless but was uncertain about how long he had been in the area. The victim was found on the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard, just west of La Brea Avenue.
Aloma told the West Hollywood City Council on Monday that he implemented additional patrols and foot beats on the city’s east side as a result of the murder. Aloma added that he is optimistic the suspect will be found.
Anyone with information is asked to call dets. Valento or Montenegro, with the Homicide Bureau, at (323)890-5500.
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