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News Release

Monday, November 17, 2014

Media Relations

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Harbor City:  Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect who killed 23-year-old Joseph Steven Ruiz.

On November 15, 2014, around 9:49 a.m., the victim and the suspect became involved in an argument which escalated into a physical altercation in the 21000 block of Halldale Avenue. The Detective’s investigation revealed that during the altercation, the suspect stabbed the victim with a knife then fled the scene. 

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he died a short time later from his injuries.   

Anyone with information is urged to contact Harbor Homicide Detectives Cortez or Carias at
(310)726-7884 or (310) 726-7889.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”