As 2019 closes, Los Angeles is ending its year with a disturbing rise in homicides. Specifically, the downtown area of Los Angeles was the most affected. Now in 2020, the year hasn’t started off any better. There was a fatal stabbing of a 56-year-old male at a restaurant in the busy Skid Row neighborhood. The killer is a transient that has yet to be identified or caught.
There is video surveillance which shows that the two men had an argument before the stabbing ensued. When the paramedics arrived they immediately put the man in the ambulance and rushed him to the hospital. At the hospital, the man was pronounced dead. Homer Garcia, was later identified as the victim and he was a resident of the area. The knife Garcia was stabbed with was not taken from the restaurant, according to LAPD Det. Ray Martinez.
A report by Eyewitness News indicated that there was an increase of 5% in homicides throughout the city. However, in the downtown area, the increase was much more substantial. Homicides were up by 20% from 2018.
There is widespread concern in the area. Specifically, because the homeless population has been rapidly rising it is believed that the murder rate is only going to continue to rise as well. There has been a correlation between the increase in the homeless and the increase in homicides. According to Rev. Andy Bales, executive director of the Union Rescue Mission, the homeless in the community account for 1% of the population. Even though they don’t account for a large portion of the populace, they make up 17% of the homicides.
The victim was stabbed at the restaurant named Margarita’s Place. It was closed for a bit during the investigation but is now back open for business. The police have released a description of the suspect. He is believed to be an African American, aged 40-50 who is has a heavy build. He stands approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall.
What Are The Laws For Murder In California?
In California, Penal Code 187 describes murder as taking the life of a human or a fetus with complete indifference for human life. A person facing murder charges can be looking at first-degree or second-degree and each has a different punishment. First-degree is the highest penalty and a person convicted of this charge is looking at a minimum of 25 years in prison. First-degree murder can also come with a life sentence. For second-degree murder, a person may be facing 15 years to life in prison.
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