According to Redondo Beach police Captain Jeff Hink: “The two men became involved in an altercation, and one of the men pulled out a knife and started repeatedly stabbing the victim right in the middle of Hawthorne Boulevard.” Hink went on to add that, while both the Torrance and Redondo Beach police departments were still investigating the crime, the cause of the altercation appeared to be a possible stolen cell phone.
The suspect, Kenneth James Tofaeono, 18, was booked on attempted murder charges. Due to the fact that the altercation took place in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street, there were numerous witnesses to interview and the investigation is still ongoing.
Investigators have stated that this crime was not a random occurrence, and that the two men knew each other previously.
If Tofaeono is convicted, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. He also stands to face penalties of victim restitution, a maximum fine of $10,000, and the right to own, possess or acquire a firearm. While these additional penalties are nothing to shake a stick at, the possibility of facing life in prison is surely worse.