ECHO PARK — The City Council on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on issuing a $50,000 reward in connection with the fatal stabbing last August of a 22-year-old man who tried to defend himself with his skateboard during the assault.
Highland Park resident Carlos Arellano was fatally stabbed on August 15 as Echo Park was crowded with visitors attending the Echo Park Rising music festival. Arellano and a friend were walking on Sunset Boulevard near Laveta Terrace at about 11:30 p.m. when he was approached by three men coming from the opposite direction. Witnesses said he tried to defend himself with a skateboard he was carrying before he was stabbed in the stomach area .
The reward proposed by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell comes after police have not apprehended any suspects in the case. “Detectives are continuing to investigate this crime, and believe that a reward may compel members of the public to provide information on this crime,” according to O’Farrell’s motion.