A fatal stabbing on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame was over a dollar, police say.
The victim, 27-year old Christine Darlene Calderon, was taking photos on her phone while on the walk with a friend; authorities say the photos caused an issue with three men who were panhandling in the area, and they demanded a dollar in exchange for the images. When Calderon didn’t comply, she was stabbed in the abdomen.
Dustin James Kinnear, 26, has been formally charged with her murder, while 33-year old Jason Joel Wolstone was charged with assault by means likely to produce bodily injury and two counts of accessory after the fact, and 34-year old Brian Joseph Widdows was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact. All three have records.
The murder has come as a shock to the community, as the area is known as a tourist attraction.
“This is barbaric behavior and I’ll be damned if we’re gonna roll things back in Hollywood when we made too much progress to see this sort of, you know, complete disrespect and disregard,” Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti said.
Sadly, Kinnear’s mother says he is mentally ill and she has been waiting for a call from police for some time now.
“It’s been a matter of when this would happen to be honest with you. I just couldn’t get him the help he needed,” she said. “I’m not justifying what my son did. He needs to pay for it.”