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Arrest made in a ‘random’ knife attack that left 1 dead in Westlake

An arrest has been made in a seemingly random and unprovoked stabbing that led to the death of a man earlier this month in Westlake.

The Los Angeles Police Department announced Tuesday that 43-year-old Anthony Madison was arrested in the April 8 stabbing that killed Sergio Santay.

An undated photo of Sergio Santay was posted on a GoFundMe page on April 13, 2022.
An undated photo of Sergio Santay was posted on a GoFundMe page on April 13, 2022.

Santay was walking on 600 blocks of Bonnie Brae Street while video chatting with his brother when a man approached him and stabbed him “without provocation”, according to the LAPD.

The man then took off on foot, where he encountered two more people, whom he allegedly also tried to stab.

Santay was stabbed in the neck and died on the spot. The other two people in the stabbing attempt were not seriously injured.

Security footage of the stabbing was released by the police department as they asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in the attack.

Investigators eventually identified the man in the video as Madison, who they say frequented the area and has previous convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and drug dealing.

Madison was located and arrested in Boyle Heights last Friday. He was jailed and has since been charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder, police said.

His bail is set at $ 5 million.

Santay’s family has set up a GoFundMe site to help with funeral expenses. They hope to send his remains to his home country of Guatemala.

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