Police are searching for a person who fatally stabbed a 34-year-old man before trying to stab two others in what appear to be “random” attacks in the Westlake neighborhood of Central Los Angeles, authorities said.

The victim, Sergio Santay, was walking in the 600 block of Bonnie Brae Street around 2:40 p.m. April 8 when he was approached by someone armed with a knife. He was talking to his brother on FaceTime when the attack occurred.

LAPD released these images of a suspect in a fatal stabbing that happened on April 8, 2022.
LAPD released these images of a suspect in a fatal stabbing that happened on April 8, 2022.

“Without provocation, the suspect stabbed the victim,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release Thursday.

Officers arrived at the scene to find Santay suffering from a stab wound to the neck. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

After the fatal stabbing, the assailant ran south on Bonnie Brae Street, eastbound in the east-west alley and north of Wilshire Boulevard.

That’s where he encountered two people sitting in an alley and tried to stab them too before fleeing the scene, police said.

“The attacks appear to be random and unprovoked,” LAPD officials said.

Detectives found surveillance video which captured the stabbing and the fleeing suspect, according to LAPD.

The stabbing suspect was described as being male. He was last seen wearing a black fisherman hat with a marijuana pattern, a turquoise T-shirt, light-colored shorts and dark shoes.

An undated photo of Sergio Santay was posted to a GoFundMe page on April 13, 2022.
An undated photo of Sergio Santay was posted to a GoFundMe page on April 13, 2022.

No further details on the suspect were available.

Santay was only three blocks from his home after getting off work early and was talking to his brother when he was attacked.

“He was talking to me on FaceTime. He was very happy about his day, telling me about work,” the victim’s brother, Douglas Santay, told KTLA in Spanish.

All of a sudden, Sergio Santay had blood all over his face and was not responding. Douglas Santay called 9-1-1 right away and rushed to the scene, but a perimeter was set up with yellow tape, and police confirmed his brother was attacked.

Douglas Santay created a GoFundMe page to help his family with funeral expenses. They hope to send their loved one’s remains to his native Guatemala.

“I want justice. I want them to find that delinquent,” Douglas Santay said about the assailant.

Authorities are hoping people from the neighborhood come forward with clues.

“They should be concerned because it’s an area a lot of people live in,” LAPD Officer Annie Hernandez said. “That’s why we do need their assistance, we need them to tell us what they saw.”

Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD Central Bureau Homicide detectives Sharman or Gonzales at 213-996-4116.