A 44-year-old Pasadena man was stabbed to death in a fight outside the International House of Pancakes restaurant in the 4000 block of Lincoln Boulevard in Venice early Friday, February 29th, police said.

The man, identified by police as DuWayne Bennett, was struck with a chain and stabbed in the upper torso during the fight, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Detective Mike DePasquale said. Bennett was taken to the UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

A second victim was struck with a chain during the fight but did not require treatment, DePasquale said.

The incident began shortly before 1:40 a.m., when Bennett was with a group in front of a bar across the street from the restaurant and they got into an argument with the suspect, police said. The argument was broken up as the bar was preparing to close, and Bennett then crossed the street with the group.

The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Victor Vela of Palms, then followed the group and continued to argue in front of the restaurant, leading to a fight, police said. During the fight, Vela allegedly hit Bennett with a chain and stabbed him, and then fled on a skateboard, police said.

Witnesses at the scene called police, who immediately sent out a radio broadcast. The suspect was located a short time later on Lincoln Boulevard near the Marina Freeway entrance, where he was arrested, DePasquale said.

Police are continuing to investigate the motive for the crime.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact LAPD Pacific homicide detectives at (310) 482-6313, or (877) 529-3855 (877-LAWFULL).

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