ARLETA (CBSLA.com) — An Arleta man has been arrested in the stabbing death of his neighbor, the Los Angeles Police Department said Monday.
Javier Garcia, 22, was being held on $1 million for the murder of his next-door neighbor, 37-year-old Edgar Barrientos.
Barrientos was stabbed multiple times Sunday morning after a fight broke out near Beachy Avenue and Tonopah Street.
Garcia and two other accomplices were reportedly doing donuts in the street when Barrientos and another neighbor came outside and were confronted by the suspects.
“We suspect this loud exhibition may have been intentional on Garcia’s part in order to provoke a confrontation with his neighbors,” Lt. Paul Vernon said.
All three men then attacked the two victims. Garcia was armed with a knife and ultimately killed Barreintos. The other neighbor ran to his home for safety.
The two other suspects, described as Hispanic men in their 20s, fled the scene in a silver or gray Infinity.
Garcia, who has gang ties, retreated to his home and was later arrested.
Detectives were still looking for the two outstanding suspects. Anyone with information should call Det. Gene Parshall, Mission Homicide Unit, at (818) 838-9954.