Driver fatally stabbed by passenger in car, police say

A driver was stabbed to death by a passenger inside a car in North Long Beach on Monday, police said.

Long Beach Police Department officers were dispatched at about 12:15 p.m. to the intersection of East Louise Street and Linden Avenue on reports of a traffic collision and found the wounded man lying in the driveway of a residence, according to a department statement.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released, though police said he was in his 40s or 50s.

Officers responded about 40 minutes later to an alleyway in the 200 block of East 56th Street between Atlantic and Dairy avenues where they found an abandoned sedan about a half-mile from where the wounded man was found, police said.

Investigators examined the sedan and found evidence “suggesting the stabbing occurred inside the car,” police said.

“The preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving the suspect in a car on Linden Avenue when the suspect launched an attack on the victim,” the LBPD said in a statement. “The victim exited the car and walked up the nearest driveway before collapsing.”

The assailant got behind the wheel and drove to the alleyway in the 200 block of East 56th Street before abandoning the care and fleeing in an unknown direction, police said.

A motive for the stabbing was not immediately known.

Anyone with information was asked to call LBPD Homicide Detectives Adrian Garcia, Juan Carlos Reyes or Jose Rodriguez at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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