Street Vendor Killed in Payment Dispute

From a Times staff writer

A street vendor trying to obtain payment for a bag of grapes was killed Saturday when he was dragged by a car for four blocks and pushed in front of an oncoming car on busy Western Avenue in Los Angeles, police said.

The incident, witnessed by a number of horrified spectators, began near 20th Street after the unidentified vendor handed the grapes to the driver of a stolen 1978 powder-blue Chevrolet Camaro, said Los Angeles Police Detective Dan Andrews.

The suspect was described as a black male, between 23 and 30 years of age, standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 135 pounds. Police said the Camaro, which has a blue California license plate with the number 002 UJF, had been stolen in a June 26 armed robbery.

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