South Gate bike path stabber sought
Los Angeles Conty Sheriff’s Department detectives are seeking information about a man suspected in a July 29 stabbing near the Los Angeles River in South Gate.
The victim, identified as Francisco Rivera, 50, was killed between 9:39 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on July 29 on a popular bike trail near the intersection of Burtis Street and Southern Avenue. His body was discovered at 1:30 a.m. July 30.
Rivera, a resident of South Gate, was celebrating that evening after obtaining his driver’s license. He immigrated from El Salvador a number of years ago.
A man was seen leaving the area where Rivera’s body was found in a light metallic colored 1999 or newer Chevy Blazer or GMC Yukon.
The suspect is believed to be Latino, in his early 30s to early 40s with a stocky build. He had short black hair and a mustache and beard growth at the time of the killing.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be left at (800) 222-8477.
-- Samantha Schaefer