LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles police announced Friday night that they had arrested a man accused of fatally stabbing another man inside a downtown restaurant on New Year’s Day.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, officers responded at about 8:35 a.m. to a call of a stabbing at Margarita’s Place, a Mexican restaurant in the 100 block of E. Seventh Street.READ MORE: Lakers F LeBron James Fined $15,000 For "Obscene Gesture"
The victim, 56-year-old Homer Garcia who lived nearby, was eating when he got into an argument with an apparently homeless patron who then stabbed the victim and fled.
Police said the suspect, 49-year-old Devan Lampkin, who lives in a homeless shelter, was carrying the knife when he went into the restaurant.READ MORE: Black Friday Safety: More 'Smash-And-Grab' Robberies Prompt Increase In Mall Security, Pleas To Be Aware While Shopping
On Friday night, Commander Marc Reina tweeted out that the suspect in the stabbing was taken into custody Friday at Central Library.
Lampkin is being held on $2,000,000 bail on suspicion of murder.MORE NEWS: Towering Musical Theater Master Stephen Sondheim Dies At 91
Police said the case would be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office next week.
Thanks to a vigilant citizen, who learned of the crime through media coverage, and the quick response of our @LAPDCentralArea officers, this suspect was taken into custody without incident inside the Central Library in #DTLA https://t.co/XsUZyZP6se pic.twitter.com/Yaxf4NQX9J
— Commander Marc Reina (@LAPDMarcReina) January 4, 2020