Suspect Charged With Murder In Stabbing Of Teen Outside El Sereno Restaurant
A man arrested in two stabbings in El Sereno, including an attack that killed a 17-year-old boy waiting for family outside a restaurant, was charged Friday with murder and attempted murder. David Anthony Zapata, 32, faces up to 40 years to life in prison if convicted in what appear to be random attacks. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Law enforcement officers responded to an Alhambra neighborhood Wednesday morning where they found the suspect, who had been sought since the stabbing Friday of 17-year-old Xavier Chavarin, a student at Woodrow Wilson High School. New surveillance video showed the attacker with wavy hair, a beard and a hat walk up to the teen victim, who was waiting for family outside King Torta restaurant, when he wasn’t looking and stab him in the back. The second stabbing victim, who was attacked hours later in the community northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is a father of three. He has since been released from the hospital. “These were senseless attacks," said LAPD Lt. Ryan Rabbett. "No confrontation, no words exchanged. Really just spontaneous and brutal."