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Burglary suspect stabbed to death on USC’s fraternity row

Tony Kurzweil and Gene Kang

An altercation between a man and a suspect who was allegedly breaking into cars on USC’s fraternity row led to a fatal stabbing in Los Angeles Monday night.

The incident was reported around 8:15 p.m. in the 700 block of West 28th Street in the University Park neighborhood.

Arriving officers found a man in his 30s suffering from stab wounds in an alleyway.

Police investigate a fatal stabbing on USC’s fraternity row on June 17, 2024. (KNN News)

The unidentified man, who was believed to be homeless, was pronounced dead at the scene, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson confirmed.

A 20-year-old man suspected in the stabbing stayed at the scene and was detained for questioning.

Investigators believe the man killed in the stabbing was trying to break into vehicles when the 20-year-old came upon him.

“There was some type of altercation between the witness and the person that was breaking into a vehicle. We’re trying to determine what the circumstances of that altercation were,” LAPD Capt. Jamie Bennett said.

At some point, the 20-year-old produced a knife and stabbed the burglary suspect multiple times.

Bennett said investigators are also trying to determine “how this escalated from a vehicle burglary to essentially a death out here.”

It was unclear if the 20-year-old man was a USC student or associated with the college in any way.

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