GRIFFITH PARK—The Los Angeles Police Department Northeast Division Homicide detectives are seeking the public’s help in giving information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who stabbed Omar Ruben Norato, 22, to death.
According to the LAPD blog, on Saturday, February 20, at 6:55 p.m., Northeast Area patrol officers were flagged down by a Hispanic male asking for assistance for a victim who was suffering from a stab wound in the 3000 block in the Griffith Park area. Upon arrival, authorities found Norato in his back seat of his car suffering from a stab wound.
They also spotted a Hispanic male who had injuries from a laceration to his left hand. Investigators learned both victims were involved in a verbal confrontation with two suspects. As the altercation intensified, the first suspect stabbed Norato in the upper torso. Simultaneously, the second suspect stabbed the other victim in the left hand.
Both victims were transported to a local hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department. Norato later died from injuries he sustained. The second victim, whose name has not yet been released to the public, was treated and released.
Police have described the first suspect as a White male, between 20-25 years of age. He was wearing a white shirt or sweater and a black baseball cap. The second suspect is described as an African-American female, between 20-25 years of age, with long black hair (possible dread locks). She was wearing parachute type pants and a sleeveless shirt. The suspects were seen driving an older, black model Toyota 4-Runner, with a shattered passenger window.
Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department, Northeast Homicide Detectives, Detective Governo or DiCroce, at (323) 561-3421. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7(877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).
Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.