' TWO Men Stabbed, Easter Sunday, Wardlow Park, Steps From Councilwoman Mungo's Field Office; LBPD Acknowledges It's Possibly Gang-Related


Man TWO Men Stabbed, Easter Sunday, Wardlow Park, Steps From Councilwoman Mungo's Field Office; LBPD Acknowledges It's Possibly Gang-Related

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(April 2, 2018, 10:35 a.m.) -- In updated information available today, LBPD PIO Arantxa Chavarria says two men (not one man) were stabbed on Easter Sunday in Wardlow Park (details below). The second victim was taken to a hospital by a third party (not by LBFD.)
(April 1, 2018, 8:45 p.m.) -- A man was stabbed on Easter Sunday (April 1) in ELB's Wardlow Park (Wardlow Rd. west of Bellflower Blvd.) during a fight involving multiple people...and LBPD acknowledges that it's investigating the violent crime as possibly gang related. An independent neighborhood resident says the fight/stabbing took place near the basketball courts, putting it fairly close to 5th dist. Councilwoman Stacy Mungo's field office.

LBPD Public Information Officer Arantxa Chavarria tells LBREPORT.com that at about 5:40 p.m. on April 1, units were dispatched to the 3400 block of Standbridge Ave. [Wardlow Park] in response to a large fight involving multiple male subjects. When the units arrived, the large crowd was gone but officers found a male adult victim of a stabbing. LBFD transported the victim to a hospital (he's last reported in stable condition). LBPD PIO Chavarria confirms that LBPD is investigating what took place as possibly gang related.

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A resident of the ELB neighborhood wrote on NextDoor that there was yelling near the basketball court; a fight started; about 30 "gang guys came running over to the fight"; someone stabbed a man who was bleeding badly...and the group (that was fighting) started running, "jumped in their cars and peeled out."



As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, despite receiving over $40+ million annually from the Measure A ("blank check") sales tax increase (put on the ballot by the entire City Council), in terms of police levels for taxpayers, the Council has restored only 17 citywide deployable officers out of 208 erased since 2009. Although Measure A has given LB consumers the highest sales tax rate in CA (tied with only a few other cities), the Council has failed to restore funding for LBPD's former 22-officer field anti-gang unit.

LBPD does have an internal anti-gang unit, which mainly handles investigations, court testimony and the like...and is now investigating the ELB Easter Sunday Wardlow Park stabbing.


The Council has used Measure A revenue to restore Fire Engine 8 [Belmont Shore], Paramedic Rescue 12 [NLB] and has scheduled multiple street, sidewalk and infrastructure projects. Measure A's cash infusion also freed up other General Fund sums that the Council has used for items that include pay raises for multiple city employee groups, including city managers.

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