Los Angeles police have detained a suspect Sunday in the brutal stabbing death of a 68-year-old taxi driver near a fast-food restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, a sergeant said.

The man was arrested around 1 p.m. in the Central Division area, LAPD Sgt. Anthony Costello told City News Service.

The suspect has not been formally arrested and booked yet, so his name was not immediately available, Costello said.

Oganes Papazyan of Burbank was killed Friday evening. Officers responded to a fire department call for backup near a Burger King restaurant at Grand and Cesar E. Chavez avenues, where a crowd had gathered, according to LAPD Officer Drake Madison.

“Brutal stabbing, the most brutal act I’ve ever seen,” witness Michael Bullard told NBC4.

Papazyan died at the scene. An autopsy was pending, coroner’s officials said.

“The guy knocked him (Papazyan) down and stabbed him right in front of me,” Bullard said. “(The suspect) went back into the car, looked for some money or something, went to reverse the car, he was going to run the guy over, then took off running.”

The male suspect was last seen fleeing the location, heading toward Hill Street on Cesar E. Chavez, Madison said.

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