Police Suspicious Of Man's Story That Robbers Killed His Girlfriend In Alley
A man who told police he was attacked and his girlfriend fatally stabbed after they were robbed early this morning in a Van Nuys alley is now a person of interest.
The boyfriend, who's in his 40s, called police around 8 a.m. to report that he just found his girlfriend, also in her 40s, dead next to him in the front passenger seat of a black pickup truck in an alley near Kester Avenue and Lemay Street, according to CBS Los Angeles. He said that at 4 a.m. three Latino men got out of a black car and attacked them in a robbery. They knocked him unconscious, and when he came to four hours later, he discovered that his girlfriend had been stabbed to death, the boyfriend told the LAPD. That's when he called authorities. When they arrived, they pronounced her dead at the scene.
The man suffered from a stab wound and was taken to a local hospital for non-threatening injuries. Police have been interviewing the boyfriend, speaking to witnesses, canvassing the scene and looking for surveillance video. LAPD officers believe they found the knife used in the attack at the scene of the crime.
NBC Los Angeles' John Cádiz Klemack tweeted that authorities are now looking at the boyfriend as a person of interest.
“We’re looking at the robbery angle," LAPD Officer Lillian Carranza told CBS Los Angeles. "We’re looking at the domestic violence angle. We’re looking at the murder-suicide angle. It’s too early in the investigation to know exactly what happened, but I am fully confident that we’ll be able to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.”
The woman was a mother of three children, ages 16, 7 and 4. A neighbor identified the boyfriend as Osmar Gomez, a painter, handyman and father of three kids. The police have investigated and found all the children are safe.