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Woman Fatally Stabbed on Walk of Fame

hwood-stabbingThree transients have been charged in the stabbing death of a woman who took their picture on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

It happened on the evening of June 18 outside the Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex.

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walk-of-fame-stabbing-mugHOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The homeless man accused of killing a woman visiting one of Hollywood’s most-famous tourist stops was well known to authorities.

Over the last eight years, Dustin James Kinnear was arrested at least 46 times, including seven arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, according to court records and interviews.

Along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he had a reputation as an aggressive panhandlers and troublemaker.

His mother said he’s been in and out of mental health treatment facilities since age 5 and suffered from multiple conditions that could make him violent.

Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — A documentary filmmaker interviewed three suspects two weeks before the trio allegedly fatally stabbed a woman on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Chadwick Davis was making a film about street life in Hollywood when he approached Dustin Kinner, Brian Widdows and Jason Wolstone for an interview.

The men agreed to be on camera without any sort of compensation, but the filmmaker did buy them food, according to Davis.

“They seemed cool.  They signed my release forms,” Davis said.

The men were accused of murdering 23-year-old Christine Calderon on Tuesday in front of the Hollywood and Highland complex in Hollywood.

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A documentary filmmaker interviewed three suspects two weeks before they allegedly killed a woman in front of the Hollywood and Highland complex.

Calderon took still pictures on her cell phone of the suspects and their signs, but allegedly refused to give them a dollar for taking the photos, according to LAPD detectives.

All three of the transients were arrested and charged with murder.

They were being held in jail on $1 million bail each.

Davis never felt threaten and believes the men snapped under the pressure of living on the streets of Hollywood, the filmmaker told KTLA reporter Rick Chambers.

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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.”

Click here to read the full story at LATimes.com.

Three transients were charged Thursday in the stabbing death of a woman who took their picture on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dustin James Kinnear, 26, was charged with murder; Jason Joel Wolstone, 33, was charged with assault by means likely to produce bodily injury and two counts of accessory after the fact; and Brian Joseph Widdows, 34, was also charged with two counts of accessory after the fact.
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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — Three transients were charged Thursday in the stabbing death of a woman who took their picture on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Dustin James Kinnear, 26, was charged with murder; Jason Joel Wolstone, 33, was charged with assault by means likely to produce bodily injury and two counts of accessory after the fact; and Brian Joseph Widdows, 34, was also charged with two counts of accessory after the fact.

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Christine Calderon, 23, of Lynwood

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday outside the American Eagle store at the Hollywood and Highland complex, police said.

The victim, 23-year-old Christine Calderon, of Lynwood, was walking with a male co-worker, just steps from the Walk of Fame.

They came upon the group of transients, who were displaying signs asking for money with four-letter insults and a smiley face.

Calderon apparently found the signs amusing, and took out her cell phone to snap a photo.

Moments later, one of the men demanded that she pay a dollar for the picture, law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times.

When she refused, two of the men allegedly pinned her co-worker against a wall.

The third man allegedly jumped on Calderon and knocked her to the pavement.

When she got up, she was bleeding from a stab wound to her mid-section, witnesses said.

One street vendor who did not want to be identified said bystanders pressed their hands against the wound, trying to stop the bleeding.

“She was wearing jeans and I think it was a white tank top and it was covered in blood,” the vendor said.

Calderon was rushed the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died a few hours later.

Police detained two men near the crime scene at midnight, and a third man was arrested hours later on suspicion of murder.

Police warned others to be cautious when approaching people on the street.

“Just be aware of your surroundings and be careful. Generally, in my experience as a law enforcement officer, transients don’t like their pictures being taken,” LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph said.

“I’m not saying that’s a cause or reason for anything, but at the end of the day you need to be careful,” he said.

Police were interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video as part of their investigation.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the LAPD’s Hollywood Station.

Three transients were arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman to death after she took pictures of them holding signs in Hollywood Tuesday night, police said.
Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/06/19/transients-arrested-in-fatal-stabbing-of-woman-in-hollywood/#ixzz2WjMqm7BO

Three transients were arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman to death after she took pictures of them holding signs in Hollywood Tuesday night, police said.

The incident happened outside the American Eagle store at the Hollywood and Highland complex around 8:30 p.m.
Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/06/19/transients-arrested-in-fatal-stabbing-of-woman-in-hollywood/#ixzz2WiTyOCZp

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