A man who was stabbed by a fellow passenger on a Montebello Public Transit bus in East Los Angeles in April has died at a hospital, and his alleged assailant could now face a murder charge, authorities said Tuesday.
The 23-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times in the neck and head on April 9 as the bus was traveling in the 5700 block of Whittier Boulevard. He died at a hospital on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
His name was not immediately released.
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On May 9, Manuel Ortiz Jr., 27, of Montebello, pleaded not guilty to one count each of attempted murder and aggravated mayhem. Sheriff's officials said Ortiz could face a murder charge since the victim has now died.
Ortiz's bail, originally set at $1.35 million, has been increased to $2 million, according to the sheriff's department.
Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the stabbing.
Ortiz was arrested three days after the crime by sheriff's deputies. He is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom June 14,when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.