2 Young Transients Arrested in Anaheim in Fatal Stabbing of Homeless Man in Downtown L.A.: LAPD

A man and a woman believed to be responsible for killing a homeless man on a downtown Los Angeles park bench have been arrested, police announced Sunday.

After receiving an anonymous tip, Los Angeles Police Department detectives and Anaheim police found and arrested the two suspects in Anaheim, an LAPD news release said. They were taken into custody Saturday night.

Fred Scott Johnson, 23, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, and Savannah McKinley, 28, was arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder after the fact, according to LAPD.

Both were described as transients by police.

The brutal killing happened on Nov. 6 on Ninth Street between Hope Street and Grand Avenue and was captured on graphic surveillance video that showed the victim, 58-year-old Fernando Perez, being pummeled by a man in a gray sweatshirt, according to the LAPD. Police released videos showing the man believed to be the attacker and a female companion in the area of the killing.

The victim died from his wounds two days later.

Bail for Johnson and McKinley is set at $2 million each, according to the LAPD news release. The case will be presented to county prosecutors for charges.

Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD Homicide detectives at 213-996-1878.

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