A 28-year-old man who police said stabbed a male family member to death and held two others against their will in an apartment in the 4500 block of Olympic Boulevard on March 1 was arrested later the same day and remains in custody for murder.
The suspect, James Lesnau, was being sought by authorities at the time of the murder for previous violence against family members, police said. No motive for the killing was provided.
Police received a call about the stabbing at approximately 4:50 a.m. on March 1. Officers found a man suffering from stab wounds inside the apartment. He was pronounced dead at 5:05 a.m. Two other family members had also been assaulted, but no further information was provided about their condition. The suspect fled before officers arrived, police said.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner identified the deceased victim as Erick Perez Reyes, 42. Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit were assigned the case and worked with an FBI Fugitive Task Force, which located Lesnau at approximately 7:50 p.m. near Delaware Road and San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank. The suspect was booked for murder and outstanding arrest warrants. He is being held on $3.2 million bail.
The stabbing caused concern among some residents in the nearby community. Julie Stromberg, a Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council member who lives in the neighborhood, said it was alarming and was surprised there wasn’t more information on social media or from the police department.
“I am concerned because I hadn’t heard anything about it,” Stromberg said. “I understand the detectives won’t release a lot of information because they are investigating, but if there is someone out there on the loose, I’d like to know if I should keep my kids inside.”
The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide Unit investigators at (213)382-9470.
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