2 Men Charged in Connection With Fatal Brawl in Koreatown

2 Men Charged in Connection With Fatal Brawl in Koreatown
Young people walk past shuttered businesses outside of the trendy section of Koreatown in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 31, 2006. (David McNew/Getty Images)
City News Service

LOS ANGELES—Two people were charged on Jan. 19 in connection with a fight near a Koreatown 7-Eleven that resulted in the death of a man who tried to break up the melee, and left another man hospitalized.

Jose Orozco Garibay, 26, was charged with murder for allegedly stabbing Seanna Widjaja, 30, during the 2 a.m. Saturday fight at Sixth Street and Alexandra Avenue, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Josue Alegria, 26, was charged with assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with great bodily injury for allegedly attacking another man who survived the altercation. Alegria was also charged with a single count of being accessory after the fact for allegedly harboring Garibay after the fatal stabbing.

Police arrested a third man in connection with the fight, 26-year-old Damian Dehorney, but he was not immediately charged.

According to Los Angeles police, officers were dispatched to the 7-Eleven on a report of a group fight. Arriving officers found the victim, Widjaja, suffering from a stab wound. Police said Widjaja was trying to break up the fight when he was stabbed.

A man who was with Widjaja at the time was "hit and kicked" during the brawl, police said.

Both men were taken to a hospital, where Widjaja died, and the other was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

"Investigators identified a suspect vehicle and tracked the vehicle to an address in Echo Park," police said.

Alegria was arrested on Saturday for allegedly attacking the man who survived. Garibay was arrested on Sunday. Both remain jailed.