WINNETKA ( — A pedestrian was stabbed to death overnight in Winnetka in a crime that police believe to be related to a robbery that occurred 15 minutes earlier.

Officers were dispatched to the scene, near the corner of Sherman Way and Lurline Avenue, at 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

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The LAPD said three suspects approached the victim and threw him to the ground, where they began to fight.

One of the suspects pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest.  Paramedics rushed the man to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:40 a.m., the LAPD said.

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The three suspects were last seen leaving the crime scene in a dark, mid-sized SUV, said Lt. Steve Embrich of the LAPD’s Topanga station.

An LAPD spokesman said the attack appears to be related to a nearby robbery that occurred about 15 minutes earlier in the 7600 block of Mason Avenue.

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