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News Release

Monday, September 2, 2013

Media Relations

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Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Hollywood area officers arrested a 22-year-old Los Angeles resident Julio Caesar Velasquez for stabbing and killing a man in Hollywood.

On September 2, 2013, around 6:30 a.m., Hollywood area patrol officers responded to an assault call in the 2000 block of North Highland Avenue.  When the officers arrived they found a man suffering from his wounds.  The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported the victim to a local Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  Officers searched the area and took Velasquez into custody a short distance from the crime scene.

Detectives’ investigation revealed that a 29-year-old male Hispanic from Los Angeles was involved in a dispute with Velasquez in front of a hotel.  During the argument, Velasquez stabbed the victim. Velasquez was arrested and booked for murder and is being held on $1,000,000.00 bail.  The victim’s identity is being withheld until immediate family has been notified.

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Bureau Homicide Detectives Carranza and Pierce at 213-382-9470.  During non-business hours notify the Hollywood Area Watch Commander at 213-972-2971.  Anonymous tips can be directed to "Crime Stoppers" at 800-222-TIPS (8477).During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  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, click on "web tips" and follow the prompts.