Man taken into custody after waving a “Rambo knife” during Highland Park fight


HIGHLAND PARK — A man was taken into custody after waving a 15-inch “Rambo knife” during a fight that started off as a case of road rage Tuesday night, said police.

Police responded to calls of an assault with a deadly weapon at about 7 p.m. near Avenue 50 and Echo Street,  said Lt. Ryan Schatz with LAPD Northeast Division. An argument started after the victim, who was in his car, honked at a woman while she was in her vehicle. The woman’s boyfriend came out of his home on Echo Street after hearing shouting, said Schatz.

The suspect, a 20-year-old Latino, intervened in the argument and started yelling profanities at the victim before the confrontation escalated and the suspect started throwing punches. During the fight, the suspect pulled out a black, 15-inch knife from his waistband and started waving the knife at the victim’s face, said Schatz.

When officers arrived they were able to locate the suspect, who had taken his shirt off, and took him into custody, said Schatz.

The victim was not struck by the knife.  However, police said they had probable cause to charge the suspect with assault with a deadly weapon because witness accounts said that the suspect took an aggressive stance and was close enough to cut or stab the victim with the knife.

Both parties refused medical treatment, said Schatz.

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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  1. Could you please clarify whether it’s Rambo, Rambo II, or Rambo III?

  2. This is a first! I have never actually seen someone in the city with a “Rambo Knife” on his waste band. Is it even legal in Los Angeles to “open carry” a such a knife?

    Quick Google Search………….

    I guess not, although maybe the knife was “concealed” UNDER his waste band which sure sounds uncomfortable…

    Los Angeles City Code below:

    13.62.020 – Carrying knives and daggers in plain view prohibited.

    It is unlawful for any person to carry on his person, in plain view, any knife or dagger.

    13.62.010 – Knives and daggers defined.

    As used in this chapter, the terms “knives and daggers” shall include any knife having a blade of three inches or more in length; any spring-blade, switch-blade or snap-blade knife; any knife any blade of which is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device; any ice pick or similar sharp stabbing tool; any straight-edge razor or any razor blade fitted to a handle.

  3. Or do you mean Ram Hole ? A coward needs to carry knife

  4. Ban knives.
    Actually my brother had a Rambo knife back in the 80s when Rambo II came out. The handle had a twist off cap. Inside there was Flint water proof matches thread needle etc. It was pretty cool. Blade was massive. But at any rate that’s why I carry mace in the car and a stun gun whenever​ I walk at night. It’s fun

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