Two 17-Year-Olds Arrested For Stabbing Death of Asian Store Owner in Downtown Los Angeles


A 56-year-old Asian store owner was stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon during a robbery in downtown Los Angeles.

Two 17-year-olds were arrested on Sunday after stabbing Du Lee to death in a broad daylight robbery at Wall Street and Olympic in the city’s fashion district.

Thieves in Los Angeles have become emboldened because Marxist District Attorney George Gascon does not prosecute theft.

At approximately 1:15 pm on Saturday Du Lee chased the two robbers, a male and a female, when one of them pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed him. 

“The male suspect produced a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times,” LAPD Officer Matthew Cruz said, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Lee was unconscious by the time paramedics arrived and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were taken into custody on Sunday.

It is unclear if the unidentified suspects have been charged yet.

NBC Los Angeles reported:

A 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were in custody Sunday in the stabbing death of a 56-year-old man in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

Officer Rosario Cervantes of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section did not know what charges the duo might be facing, adding that the investigation was still ongoing.

The victim was identified as Du Lee, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office website. A representative from the office could not be reached to disclose Lee’s city of residence.

The stabbing was reported at 1:16 p.m. Saturday at Wall Street and Olympic Boulevard, according to Officer Matthew Cruz of the LAPD.

Lee was found unconscious and not breathing by arriving officers, and was pronounced dead at the scene, Cruz said.

An investigation at the scene revealed the victim was involved in a physical altercation with suspects described as a male and a female, the officer said.

The two suspects fled the scene on foot but were eventually taken into custody, he said.

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