USC student Ivan Gallegos identified as murder suspect in slaying of homeless man on Greek Row, officials say

LOS ANGELES (KABC)– A 19-year-old USC student was arrested on suspicion of murder after a homeless man was stabbed to death Monday night on the university’s Greek Row.

Los Angeles resident Ivan Gallegos was identified as a suspect and booked on suspicion of murder, police said. He was being held on $2 million bail.

Officers responded to the stabbing around 8:15 p.m. near the 700 block of West 28th Street, Los Angeles police said in a statement.

Gallegos saw a homeless man break into his car in the back parking lot of his fraternity house, the LAPD said. The man allegedly told the student he had a gun, leading the student to stab him, Acting LAPD Chief Dominic Choi told the police commission Tuesday.

Police said responding officers found the victim, a 27-year-old man, who had been injured following a confrontation with three other men. The victim was visibly dead at the scene. His identity was not immediately released.

Gallegos remained at the scene and was taken into custody without incident, police said. The two other men involved in the confrontation were released after questioning.

In an interview with Eyewitness News, a woman who leads the Delta Tau Delta fraternity said Gallegos was a student at USC and a member of the fraternity. The woman, who declined to be publicly identified, also said Gallegos was the person police arrested in connection with the incident.

Last month, USC’s Annenberg Media published a profile of Gallego describing him as an up-and-coming musical artist attending the Marshall School of Business.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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