A man visiting Southern California from Hong Kong was stabbed to death during a daylight robbery in West Covina, police said Saturday.
The man, identified as 28-year-old Sheron Khemlani, was on vacation, according to West Covina Police Department Public Information Officer Rudy Lopez.
Khemlani had stopped to eat lunch at one of several chain restaurants in a strip mall in the 100 block of North Barranca Street (map) on Friday afternoon. He was with his brother, who has not been identified, police said.
As the brothers returned to their vehicle, two men assaulted and then robbed them at about 2:30 p.m.
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Khemlani sustained a head injury and was taken to an area hospital, where he died. His brother was also injured.
The robbers were only described as two men who ran to a waiting four-door car and fled, speeding away through the parking lot. The area is about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Police asked for anyone who was at one of the nearby restaurants – Johnny Carino's, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks, and Ono Hawaiian BBQ – between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Friday to call 626-939-8557. An anonymous message can be left for investigators at 626-939-8688.