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.
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.