Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly stabbing a LA district fashion store owner to death, over a stolen wig.
Du Young Lee, 56, better known by locals as Tommy, was fatally stabbed in the chest last Saturday (October 1) near Olympic Boulevard and Wall Street, near the wig shop he ran for almost two decades.
According to Fox 11, a male and female suspect, both 17, were arrested following the deadly attack, however, neither of their names have been released because they are minors.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced charges against the two teenagers on Wednesday, saying his “office will work diligently to hold accountable individuals in vicious acts – even if they are minors.”
Both teenagers are facing one count of murder and one count of second-degree robbery in connection to the stolen wig.
Mr. Lee was killed in the middle of the day on a busy street in downtown L.A. while simply trying to run his business.” Gascón said in a press release Wednesday.
His death is a tremendous loss for his friends, family and all who knew him. I want to make it clear that my office will work diligently to hold accountable individuals who engage in violent acts – even if they are minors.”
The landlord said:
“They were looking at a wig. And then all of a sudden they made a run for it. Tommy had a record of being tough and going after robbers. “He started chasing them around the shopping center and then the boy pulled out a knife and shanked him right in the heart.”
The outlet reports that Lee’s business had been previously targeted by robbers in the past. His death is the latest in a string of violent crimes that have plagued the city in recent months.