Authorities Wednesday surrounded a residence in Alhambra where they believe a suspect who fatally stabbed a 17-year-old boy and injured a man in Los Angeles is barricaded.
Investigators went to the 2300 block of Westmont Drive on Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and broadcast reports.
The suspect, who lives at the location, is wanted in the stabbing death of Xavier Chavarin, who was attacked about 3:55 p.m. Friday in the 4500 block of Valley Boulevard in El Sereno, according to the LAPD.
A SWAT team was sent to the Alhambra residence, and mental health negotiators have been in contact with the man, LAPD Cmdr. German Hurtado told reporters at the scene.
“He has mental health prior incidents,” Hurtado said.
Hurtado said the man is believed alone in the residence, and it is unclear if he has any firearms. He declined to release other details of the investigation, citing the ongoing negotiations to take the man into custody peacefully.
According to police, about 9 p.m. Friday the suspect approached a 33-year-old man in the 5400 block of Valley Boulevard and stabbed him several times without warning. The man survived.
On Tuesday, the LAPD released a description of the suspect, describing him as Hispanic with long wavy black hair and a long beard.
The man was wearing the same clothes during both stabbings — a long black jacket, a black shirt underneath, black pants, black shoes, and a black baseball hat with white lettering. Detectives say they believe the suspect was last seen driving a 1996-2001 black Honda CR-V SUV.
Anyone with information regarding these stabbings is encouraged to call Central Bureau Homicide Detectives J. Calzadillas or S. Ruiz at 213-996-4116. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.