$25,000 reward in possible anti-gay stabbing in Echo Park
The Los Angeles City Council is set to offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever stabbed two men in Echo Park in an incident being investigated as a possible anti-gay hate crime.
The Los Angeles Police Department already has posted two videos of the attacks, which took place about midnight May 24 on Echo Park Avenue, just north of Montana Street. One suspected attacker used an anti-gay slur against the two men before stabbing one in the abdomen, police said.
After running south on Echo Park Avenue, the attacker was confronted by a second man who had chased after him. The attacker stabbed the second victim in his midsection, striking the hip bone, and then continued running, according to police.
The council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the reward offer, which was proposed by Councilman Eric Garcetti. Garcetti, who is running for mayor, co-hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday in Echo Park, at which residents were asked for help in catching the attackers.
-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall