Two arrested in killing of homeless man

- A police captain said on Sunday two arrests have been made in connection with a homeless man who was fatally stabbed Nov. 6 in downtown Los Angeles.

Capt. Marc Reina of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division said homicide detectives have arrested a man and a woman believed to be involved in the stabbing death of a homeless man in the area of Ninth Street, between Hope Street and Grand Avenue.

Homicide detectives received an anonymous tip that the suspects were in Anaheim and worked with police there to locate and arrest Fred Scott Johnson, 23, and Savannah McKinley, 28, who were both transients, police said.

Both were arrested at 8 p.m. Saturday, Johnson on suspicion of murder and McKinley on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact. They were being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

Paramedics responded about 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 for a medical emergency, police said, and rushed Fernando Perez to Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center, suffering from several stab wounds.

Perez died from his injuries on Nov. 8.

LAPD Central homicide detectives asked anyone with information regarding the stabbing death to call them at (213) 996-1878.

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The entire incident was caught on video by a security camera. It shows the November 6th attack outside an apartment building on 9th Street between Grand and Hope.

In the video obtained and released by the LAPD, a man in a gray, hooded sweatshirt lunges at a man before repeatedly and brutally stabbing him.

“The medical examiner determined that Perez sustained multiple stab wounds,” said an LAPD spokesperson at a press conference Wednesday where the video was released.

Police identified the victim as 58-year-old Hernando Perez, who they say was homeless. Perez died two dies later in the hospital because of his injuries.

The footage shows the suspect swinging on Perez, knocking over several items and knocking Perez to the ground. The suspect stabs him several more times before grabbing a backpack and taking off.

“It’s still under investigation whether or not that backpack belonged to the homeless person, and he took it, or if that was the suspect’s backpack, and he was retrieving it,” the LAPD said.

It’s the same backpack investigators say the suspect was wearing in other footage they found downtown.

“Central Division homicide detectives were able to recover video footage from several businesses depicting images of the suspect throughout the downtown Los Angeles area,” officials said.

Downtown residents we talked with and showed the video said they were not shocked because incidents like this have become common in downtown.

Police described the suspect as a white man, 25-to-35-years old, about 6’3”, with brown hair and a thin build.

They’re also looking for a woman who accompanied him both before and after the murder. She is described as white, with a small-to-medium build and brown hair.

Authorities do not believe the man or woman in question are homeless.

If you recognize the suspect or his companion, you are asked to call police. They are offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Detectives say the reward is being offered with help from Councilman Jose Huizar’s office.

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