By Edwin Folven, 5/24/2012
A 27-year-old victim who was stabbed to death around 1:30 a.m. on May 19 in the 300 block of N. Orlando Avenue has been identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department as Bobby Khamvongsa.
Investigators said the victim was allegedly murdered by an acquaintance, Richard Herrera, 29, a resident of the Mount Washington area of Los Angeles. Herrera surrendered to authorities Sunday at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Station and has been booked for murder. He is being held on $1 million bail.
Det. Jim Freund, with the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit, said Herrera and Khamvongsa had driven together to Orlando and Oakwood avenues, where the two men became involved in an argument. Freund said Herrera stabbed Khamvongsa multiple times and fled in the vehicle. Witnesses notified police and paramedics, but the victim died at the scene, Freund added.
“We haven’t established a true motive yet,” Freund said. “We don’t know what issues prompted this.”
The detective would not release any further information about the murder, citing the ongoing investigation. Coroner’s Department spokesperson Craig Harvey said the victim was of Hawaiian decent, and that he had no known address in Los Angeles.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide Unit at (213)382-9470.
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