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Alleged attacker is fatally stabbed

May 11, 2008|Ruben Vives

A man was fatally stabbed Friday afternoon after he was confronted by the father and brother of a teenage girl who told them he had made sexual advances as she walked on a busy street, authorities said Saturday.

The stabbing took place about 3:43 p.m. in the 7700 block of Eastern Avenue near Clara Street shortly after the 15-year-old girl ran home and told her family she had just been accosted, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

Shortly after, officials said, the girl's father and brother went in search of the man. They apparently located him quickly and a fight broke out. During the fight the man was stabbed, authorities said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Sheriff's Deputy Rick Castro said no arrests had been made. Investigators have not determined who stabbed the man, he said. Bell Gardens police officers initially responded to the scene, Castro said.

The name of the man was not released, pending notification of next of kin, county coroner's investigator Betsy Magdaleno said.

It was unknown how the father and brother had identified the man as the one who allegedly accosted the teenager. Bell Gardens police declined to answer questions about the incident. A sheriff's deputy in the department's media relations office said she did not have more details to release.

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