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Detectives seek motive in Hollywood stabbing spree that killed 2

August 7, 2009 |  7:26 am

Stabbings Los Angeles police detectives this morning were trying to determine the motive in a stabbing spree Thursday on the streets of Hollywood that left two homeless men dead and one critically wounded.

Authorities said the assailant seemed to roam through Hollywood stabbing transients randomly, though officials are investigating whether the suspect had any connection to the victims.

The violence occurred over several hours along Hollywood and Sunset boulevards and Argyle Avenue. The three victims were transients, said Det. Gus Villanueva of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The incidents came hours after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief William J. Bratton held a news conference to tout how crime had declined in Hollywood.

Damian Durado, 54, was arrested shortly before 5 p.m. less than a block from where the second stabbing occurred, Villanueva said. Durado was allegedly carrying a knife.

"Detectives think he is the guy who did all three," Villanueva said.

The violence began about1:30 p.m. when officers responded to reports of a victim shot in the 5500 block of West Sunset Boulevard. They found the first victim with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, Villanueva said.

The second stabbing took place 30 minutes later in the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard. Police took the victim to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Villanueva said.

At 4:40 pm, police responded to a stabbing report at Argyle Avenue and Vine Street. Officers found a man with stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital and listed in critical condition. Villanueva said the victim was expected to live.

The victims' names were not released. Police said their ages were 51, 43 and 49.

Anyone with information is asked to call (877) LAPD 24-7 (527-3247).

-- Robert J. Lopez

Caption: A bicyclist rides infront of the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, where one of three stabbings took place. The victim was stabbed infront of the gold door of the theater and was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times