PALMDALE – A 26-year-old man was found stabbed to death in the parking lot of an apartment complex in east Palmdale late Wednesday night.
The incident was reported around 11:14 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sonoma Apartment Homes in the 38500 Block of 11th Street East, officials said.
Victor Miguel Enriquez was found on the ground with multiple stab wounds to the torso and pronounced dead at the scene around 11:31 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
Authorities have little details regarding the incident, and no suspects were in custody as of 2 p.m. Thursday.
“We’re looking for any witnesses, anybody that could tell us anything about what led up to the altercation,” said Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Holly Francisco. “Until people can come forward and provide us with some information, it’s just going to be foot work, trying to contact everybody in the general area.”
Thursday morning, several residents of the apartment homes gathered in the parking lot around the spot where they said Enriquez’ body was picked up only hours earlier.
None of the residents wanted to be interviewed by the media or to reveal their names, but many said Enriquez went by the nickname of “Hitman” and was a father.
They said Enriquez was in the parking lot bleeding for some time before law enforcement came by, and they were upset that no one came outside to help him.
“I saw the police car drive right by and they didn’t even stop,” one woman said. Asked if she had called 9-1-1 to report the incident, the woman walked away.
Another man said the uncovered body was face down in the parking lot overnight, and the body was not picked up until Thursday morning.
“Some people get irritated because the body is waiting there,” said Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, adding that the coroner’s office was contacted around 5:30 a.m. Thursday and told to be ready for pickup in about an hour to allow for homicide detectives to investigate the scene.
“Our people were there from 6:30 to 10 a.m., and they transported the body at 8:30 a.m.,” Winter said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. If you like to remain anonymous, you may do so by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Editor’s Note: The AV Times will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.