A man walking with a woman in Gardena was stabbed to death Wednesday night by the woman's live-in boyfriend, Gardena police said Thursday.
Robert Rikio Hashimoto, 25, of Gardena was stabbed once in the left side of his chest about 11:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead on arrival at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said Sgt. Garry Garrett.
Garrett said Rechie Takeo Kitaoka, 36, of Torrance, was arrested in connection with the killing and was being held without bail Thursday in Gardena's city jail.
Garrett said officers had been sent to investigate a report of a stabbing in the 1900 block of West 154th Street and were given a description of the suspect's car. Garrett said an officer spotted the car a block away and saw Kitaoka and the woman kneeling over Hashimoto's body in the roadway.