LAPD officers have arrested one man and looking for two more suspects in the stabbing death of a neighbor who
complained about the noise they were making outside his house.
Javier Garcia, 22, was booked for the murder of his next-door neighbor Edgar Barrientos, 37, following an early morning brawl on Sunday, Dec. 21, at the corner of Beachy Avenue and Tonopah Street in a quiet Arleta neighborhood.
“We found evidence and statements to corroborate Garcia as an aggressor in the initial beatdown of his neighbor on Sunday, which ultimately led to the man being stabbed to death,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division. “Now we’re trying to identify his two companions who were driving Garcia’s car.”
The vehicle is a silver or gray Infinity. No license plate has been released. The two
additional suspects are described as Latino men in their 20s: one is tall and with a full beard, and the other shorter. Police said they were armed with a knife and a gun, though no shots were ever reportedly fired.
All three men are accused of attacking neighbors from two different houses after the neighbors came outside to investigate raucous driving that was disturbing the peace. Witnesses said the men were doing “doughnuts” on the street at about 4 a.m. on Sunday.
“We suspect this loud exhibition may have been intentional on Garcia’s part in order to provoke a confrontation with his neighbors,” Vernon said.
Barrientos and another neighbor came outside and complained about the noise, which lead to a fight. The other neighbor ran back to take shelter at his home.
Barrientos died at Holy Cross Hospital, police said.
Garcia was booked for murder and remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail. Detectives are continuing their investigation to find the two other suspects, and locate Garcia’s car.
Anyone with information is urged to call Det. Gene Parshall, Mission Homicide Unit, at (818) 838-9954. Anonymous tips can also be reported to Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.