Los Angeles police are looking for a second suspect in a parking lot shooting that left a student dead
Los Angeles police are searching for a second suspect after a man stabbed a 17-year-old schoolboy to death in a random attack in a parking lot before surrendering to police after an hours-long standoff
The Los Angeles Police Department is looking for a second suspect in the stabbing of a 17-year-old high school student in El Serena, California. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, David Anthony Zapata, 32 (pictured left), was arrested Wednesday night in the stabbings of Xavier David Chavarin (pictured right), 17, and Daniel Villalobos, 33, hours after of the attack on Woodrow Wilson High School. A schoolboy.
Police now say they are looking for a second person who may have been driving the car Zapata used to flee the crime scene. The marker was stabbed unprovoked, and the video shows Zapata walking across the parking lot toward the teenager before pulling a knife from his pocket.
Chavarin walked into the King Torta restaurant on Valley Boulevard begging for help before collapsing to the floor and dying at the scene, police said. A potential second suspect is being sought in the stabbing, according to officers. Police have not released the suspect’s name or description. Officers said they are “actively pursuing” leads related to the hit-and-run driver. As of noon Thursday, no additional arrests had been made. Pictured: Stabbing suspect David Anthony Zapata.
At a recent news conference, Los Angeles police officials said Zapata, who has a history of mental illness, attacked Chavarin and Villalobos “without provocation.” “Both incidents were completely unprovoked,” said Detective Ryan Rabet (pictured right). “These citizens were attacked for no apparent reason.” Despite his medical history, the detective said that was no excuse for the attacks. “His mental health is not the reason for what he did and I’ll just leave it at that,” he said. Rabbet said Zapata had seven prior arrests for misdemeanors but had not been arrested for a felony.
Police say Zapata shot Villalobos hours after Chavarin (pictured) and only “about a mile and a half” from the first scene. According to reports, Chavarin was stabbed outside the King Torto restaurant while waiting for his mother. “He never knew it was going to happen. It’s one of those cases where he’s just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” family friend Ricky Ramiro told KTLA. Los Angeles police arrested a man Wednesday after receiving a tip that a lookalike was living in an Alhambra home. He also reportedly caused trouble in his area.
An LAPD gang and narcotics unit barricaded the home on Westmont Drive around 7 a.m., and two armored vehicles were brought in to block off the neighborhood, the Los Angeles Times reported. Commander Herman Hurtada and the crisis negotiator convinced the man to leave the house after a few hours.
A mental health evaluation team, a crisis negotiator and the man’s mother spoke to him on the phone to convince him to come out, the Times reported. He was taken into custody without incident. “I don’t want to spoil the investigation, [but] he won’t be able to hurt anyone,” Hurtado said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Woodrow Wilson High School Principal Gregorio Verbera said the school was “saddened” by the student’s death and offered his “deepest condolences to those affected by this loss, including the student’s family, friends and teachers.” The family set up a GoFundMe page for Chavarin’s funeral, which has already raised $52,276, surpassing the $25,000 goal. Anyone with information about this case or the unknown second suspect is asked to call detectives at 213-996-4116. Anonymous tips can be given to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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