CALIFORNIA—Authorities are looking for a suspect who fatally stabbed a taxi driver inside a Burger King parking lot in downtown Los Angeles Friday, November 15.

Police arrived at Cesar E. Chavez and Grand Avenue about 6 p.m. responding to a Los Angeles Fire Department back up call. A huge crowd gathered at the Burger King, where they found a taxi driver who appeared to be in his 40s stabbed in the face and neck area.

Several witnesses informed the police that the taxi driver pulled into the parking lot with a passenger in the cab. Both men got out of the taxi and started to struggle with each other. It was reported that the victim suffered major trauma during the altercation with the suspect prior to the stabbing. After the altercation, the suspect fled in the direction toward Hill Street and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue.

Authorities are searching for a Latino male in his 30s, standing about 5 feet and 9 inches tall, with bushy hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black zip-up sweater and pants.

Police are looking into surveillance footage from cameras around the Burger King and inside the taxi and have deemed the case an ongoing homicide investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department. For those wishing to remain anonymous contact LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or visit

Written by Christianne McCormick and Anita Brown