UPDATE: 23 Yr Old Transient Billy Young Charged With Murder

A 23 year old transient named Billy Young was charged with murder last night and is being held on $1,000,000 dollars bail. Billy and 38 yr old friend Kevin Hirtle were fellow transients living on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Kevin, a parolee for burglary had been out of jail for several months and was a regular at the benches on Westminster. Billy traveled with a skateboard, a red wagon and a pit bull. Witnesses at the scene stated that the two men had been arguing back and forth all day and that Billy had threatened Kevin. The two separated and Billy came back approximately an hour later and stabbed Kevin multiple times in the abdomen. Paramedics tried to revive Kevin at the scene. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Marina Del Rey Hospital. Billy was apprehended a few blocks away at Main and Thornton, shown in the photo above, with his dog, skateboard and cart. He had a knife on his person and his hands and clothes were covered in blood. He was clearly agitated and remorseful at the time of his arrest, and pleaded with passers by to take care of his dog. A court date has not been set as of yet.

Violent confrontations are a regular occurrence among the transient population typically generating multiple calls per day to the LAPD Pacific Division. If you see a disturbance or suspicious activity call 1-877-ASK-LAPD.

UPDATE FROM LAPD:

Community Message has been issued by the LAPD Headquarters.

Friday February 25, 2011 2:42 PM PST

Suspect Arrested for 2/24/11 Murder at Venice Beach

Murder at Venice Beach, Suspect Arrested

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) arrested 23-year-old Billy Young after he
stabbed and murdered the victim.

On Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at approximately 6:05 p.m., a stabbing occurred in Pacific
Division. The stabbing took place on Ocean Front Walk at Westminster Boulevard on the Venice
Beach boardwalk.

The victim and Young became engaged in a fight. Young then stabbed the victim multiple times
with a knife. The victim was transported by paramedics to the hospital where he died from his
injuries.

Young attempted to run, but was caught several blocks away by diligent patrol officers who
listened to the crime broadcast. Young has been booked for murder.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Pacific Homicide Detectives at
310-482-6369. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by
texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should
begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on
“webtips” and follow the prompts.
For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4659820/?sub_id=318148.

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