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Monday, March 1, 2021

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The Los Angeles District Attorney's office has filed the following charges against James Lesnau: Murder, assault with a deadly weapon - firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and animal cruelty. Bail is set at $3,125,000.



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West Bureau Homicide investigators identified 28-year-old James Lesnau as the killer in this case. Lesnau had been involved with prior family violence and assault of his own family members. He was wanted in connection to those prior crimes. On March 1, 2021, Lesnau stabbed the victim to death, held family members against their will, and assaulted two additional family members with a knife. Lesnau fled the location prior to police arrival.

On March 1, 2021, around 7:50 p.m., the FBI Fugitive Task Force adopted this case and located and arrested the suspect without incident at Delaware Road and North San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank. The suspect was booked for Murder and outstanding arrest warrants.

Booking #6135441 Bail - $3,225,000.00

This case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should contact West Bureau Homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470.


Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Bureau Homicide are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for killing a man.

On March 1, 2021, around 4:50 a.m., Wilshire Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of an Ambulance Cutting in an apartment in the 4500 block of West Olympic Boulevard. Officers located a male, not conscious, not breathing, stabbed at the location. The suspect fled on foot.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene. Two other individuals suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at scene.

There is no suspect description.

Anyone that may have seen or heard anything is asked to call West Bureau Homicide detectives at (213)382-9470. 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 the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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