Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the 400 block of Daisy Avenue on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at approximately 6:25pm, regarding a call relating to a stabbing, which resulted in the death of an adult male.
When officers arrived, they located the victim on the sidewalk. He had been stabbed in the upper torso and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics. He has been identified as 24-year-old Raul Sanchez of Long Beach.
The preliminary investigation determined that the victim had been involved in a physical altercation with an unknown person(s) prior to the stabbing, and the incident was investigated as gang-related.
Over the weekend, LBPD homicide detectives continued with the investigation, and on Sunday, Aug. 18 around noon arrested 43-year-old Francisco Javier Gaytan of Wilmington in connection with the murder. He was booked for murder and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $1,000,000 bail. The investigation revealed that Gaytan and Sanchez had been involved in a physical fight when the stabbing occurred.
Detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office Tuesday.
Those with information regarding the incident are asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Todd Johnson and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .