Suspect Sought in Fatal Stabbing in Westlake Area

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities today circulated security images of a man being sought for allegedly stabbing a man to death and trying to stab two other people in the Westlake area.

Sergio Santay, 34, of Los Angeles, was stabbed about 2:40 p.m. on April 8 in the 600 block of Bonnie Brae Street, and he died at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

``Detectives obtained surveillance video which captured the suspect and the stabbing,'' an LAPD statement said. ``The victim was walking on Bonnie Brae Street when he was approached by the suspect, armed with a knife. Without provocation, the suspect stabbed the victim.

``Surveillance footage revealed the suspect ran southbound on Bonnie Brae Street eastbound in the east west alley north of Wilshire Boulevard, where he encountered two additional individuals sitting in the alley,'' police said ``The suspect approached both individuals and attempted to stab them before fleeing the location. The attacks appear to be random and unprovoked.''

The suspect was described as a male of unknown age with a medium build, wearing a black fisherman hat with images of marijuana leaves on it, a turquoise T-shirt, light-colored shorts and dark shoes.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call detectives at 213-996-4116, 877-LAPD-247, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Tipsters may also visit and click on ``Anonymous Web Tips'' under the ``Get Involved-Crime Stoppers'' menu to submit an online tip.

Photo: Los Angeles Police Department

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