Man Stabbed to Death; Suspect Arrested

A man was arrested after he stabbed another man to death at MacArthur Park on Sunday

By Jason Kandel and Janet Kwak
|  Sunday, Nov 4, 2012  |  Updated 9:28 PM PDT
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A man died on Sunday after being stabbed near MacArthur Park and police arrested another man in connection with the death.

The incident happened after 4 p.m. at Wilshire Boulevard and South Alvarado Street, near the south corner of MacArthur Park, (map), said Sgt. Scarlett Nuno, of the LAPD.

The men were fighting for an unknown reason when one of them pulled a knife and stabbed the other man in the neck and torso, police said.

Edith Lopez said she tried to help the bleeding man.

"I was on the floor feeling his pulse," she said. "I couldn't feel anything."

Edith Lopez said she and another stranger ran across the street to help the man on the ground as the other man stood, watching.

"He was like, 'Yeah I'm the one that did it. I'm still here.'

"He stood there until the cops came," said Lopez, adding that a large crowd gathered at the scene.

Police recovered a small knife and he was booked into jail. His identity and details about the arrest were not immediately available.

The stabbing victim died at a hospital during surgery, police said.

Police were reviewing surveillance footage from park cameras with the hope of learning more about what caused the fight, police said.

Drug dealing, shootouts and gang violence have wracked MacArthur Park for years.

Lawrence Jones, a resident in the area, said violence in the neighborhood is common.

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