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July 11, 2018: Man Charged with Killing, Wounding Family Members in West Hollywood Knife Attack

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Paul Eakins, Public Information Officer
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A West Hollywood man has been charged with attacking two family members with a knife, killing one and injuring the other, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Jose Emanuel Raselbach (dob 8/31/83) was charged yesterday afternoon with one count each of murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in case SA098397. The charges include allegations of a prior conviction, causing great bodily injury and using a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife.

His arraignment was postponed until July 24 in Department 30 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch. Bail was set at $3 million.

The alleged attack occurred on July 8 in a West Hollywood apartment where the man lived with the victims, according to Deputy District Attorney Karen Montoya, who is prosecuting the case. One victim, identified in the criminal complaint as Abraham R., died, while the other was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the scene and arrested Raselbach at the home.

In 2011, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in case SA077153.

Raselbach faces a maximum possible sentence of 45 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Bureau.