At about 6:50 pm on Friday evening, 11/05/10, Arcadia Police Officers were called to a strip mall located in the 1000 block of South Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, regarding a fight. The reporting party said that there were about 5 males involved in a physical altercation. A second caller advised Police Dispatchers that one subject had possibly been stabbed and that the suspects had fled in a vehicle. The suspects were described as 4-5 male Asians, late teens to early 20’s.
Arriving Officers found a 17-year old male Hispanic victim still at the scene, suffering from a stab wound to the torso. The victim was alert and was immediately treated by Arcadia Fire Department Paramedics who transported the victim to a local hospital. The victim’s injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
Initial investigation indicates that the victim was seated in a business at the strip mall and was confronted inside that location by a lone male suspect. The two became involved in a physical fight which spilled into the parking lot. The initial suspect was joined by several additional male suspects who all attacked the victim. At some point during the attack, the victim was stabbed in the torso by an unknown object. The suspects then fled the scene in a late model, white Scion vehicle.
Although the victim is not known to have a gang affiliation, witnesses allegedly overheard the name of a gang being exchanged between the suspects as they fled. This did not appear to be a random act of violence as indications are that the initial suspect targeted his attack on the victim. The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to contact Arcadia Police Detectives at 626-574-5160. If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the tip page at Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers.