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Man Charged in Stabbing Death Outside Best Western Hotel in Hollywood

Julio Cesar Velasquez is set to be arraigned Sept. 18.

A murder charge was filed today against a 22-year- old man who allegedly stabbed a man outside a hotel near the Hollywood Bowl on Labor Day.

Julio Cesar Velasquez is set to be arraigned Sept. 18 in Los Angeles Superior Court in connection with the death of Orlando Antonio Tobar, 29, of Los Angeles.

Velasquez was arrested about a block away from the Best Western Hollywood Plaza in the 2000 block of North Highland Avenue shortly after the stabbing about 6:30 a.m. Monday, police said.

Officers who responded to the hotel found the victim with stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses helped lead officers to Velasquez, who allegedly was involved in an argument with the victim that led to the stabbing in front of the hotel, police said.   

-City News Service

Scott Zwartz September 05, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Now is the time for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to one again proclaim that there is no crime in Hollywood.
bill miller September 05, 2013 at 03:01 PM
What we need now is another Hollywood Blvd. restaurant Press Conference with phony smiles from LaBonge, O'Farrell, Garcetti and Beck, lieing, on the heels of multiple murders, all on one holiday week end, to the city and the country that Hollywood is safe. Lest the news of the mounting murders spreads and deters tourists. While we're at it let's replay Garcetti debates for fun, where he constantly lied (guess people tragically actually believed him!) that we don't need any more police, HE SAVED HOLLYWOOD, under his watch there are now no more homeless, or druggies, no more prostitutes, no more CRIME..So we all are now totally safe and what we all should be doing, according to Garcetti, because Garcetti knows all, is to walk and ride our bikes all over Hollywood, any time, day or night, to all the great 'amenities' because the 'Hollywood Savior' has made it all safe and oh so pleasant.. Garcetti is delusional OR, just a lier. To complete this Lier's Club cast, Get Hollywood Chamber's, Leron Gubler on camera to join in and spew his fictional 'crime is down in Hollywood' stats. The city departments and city council accomplices and enablers who all support and defend Garcetti's insanity, and have for years, of the new higher density skyscraper blade runner city, because he says that is what is right for Hollywood, and then for the rest of LA next, should all be ashamed. A wink and nod from Garcetti that developer money like skyscraper developer Millennium's will continue to get them all elected so just follow his 'high density is best for Hollywood' script..makes all of them accomplices in these crimes. The Garcetti insanity must be stopped. How many more murders before he is stopped. Put him in a straight jacket, or recall him.
Jim Geoghan September 06, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Hollywood is out of control. It is going straight to hell as Mayor Go-Getti and the Council make lavish plans to turn it all into Oz.

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