Long Beach
Police Department

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400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
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On Saturday, May 30, 2015, at approximately 9:05 p.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to Lincoln Park, 151 Pacific Avenue, regarding a fight call, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

Arriving officers located an individual with an apparent stab wound. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

At this time, the name of the victim is not being released. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will positively identify the victim and notify next of kin.

A motive is unknown; however, the preliminary investigation indicates a physical altercation occurred between two male adults and one was stabbed in the torso.

Phillip Lester Vargas, 51 years old and a resident of Long Beach, was booked for murder. He is being held in Long Beach City Jail on $1,000,000.00 bail.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Long Beach Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Mark Bigel Guarino at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.