A driver who police believe was stabbed to death by a passenger inside a car in Long Beach was identified Tuesday, and detectives continued their efforts to find his killer.
Officers sent to East Louise Street and Linden Avenue about 12:15 p.m. Monday on a report of a traffic collision found the mortally wounded man lying in the driveway of a nearby residence in the 5400 block of Linden Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Anthony Davis, 52, whose city of residence was unknown, died at scene, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported.
About 40 minutes after Davis was found, officers were dispatched to an alleyway about a half-mile away in the 200 block of East 56th Street on a report of an abandoned car, police said.
Investigators examined the vehicle, and found evidence “suggesting the stabbing occurred inside the car,” police said.
“The preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving the suspect in a car on Linden Avenue when the suspect launched an attack on the victim,” according to a police statement. “The victim exited the car and walked up the nearest driveway before collapsing.”
Police believe the suspect drove the car to the alleyway in the 200 block of East 56th Street and abandoned it. A motive for the stabbing was not known.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call LBPD Homicide Detectives Adrian Garcia, Juan Carlos Reyes or Jose Rodriguez at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.