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LAPD Increases Patrols After Woman Killed in Hollywood Tourist Area

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The killing of a woman in the heart of Hollywood’s tourists district is bringing new calls for a crackdown against aggressive panhandlers.

On Tuesday at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, a 23-year-old woman collapsed after being fatally stabbed across the street. Police arrested a transient who had allegedly demanded $1 from her after she took his photo.

hollywood-stabbingThe death of Christine Calderon left the Hollywood tourist district stunned and on Friday prompted Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti to call for increased patrols, including by horse-mounted units.

We “don’t want to lose any of the ground that’s been gained in Hollywood,” Beck said. “What we don’t want is for this tragedy to go unrecognized.”

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