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Man dies after fight outside Hollywood nightclub

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An LAPD cruiser sits parked at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue near the scene of a shooting in January 2015.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A 29-year-old man died Sunday morning after a fight outside a Hollywood nightclub. 

Police responded to calls of a fight at Hollywood and Cahuenga boulevards about 2:30 a.m. just as area clubs were closing, said Officer Aareon Jefferson, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Witnesses told police that after a nightclub closed for the evening and a crowd milled about the sidewalk, two women got into a dispute, according to a statement released by the LAPD.

At some point, two men then chased another man, and the two men repeatedly punched and kicked the man, later identified as Devon Jelkes.

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Jelkes suffered blunt-force trauma and was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

After the beating, the two men fled, police alleged. One man hopped onto a party bus and the other fled on foot.

LAPD officers caught up with the bus and arrested Dietrich Canterberry, 34, on suspicion of murder, according to the police statement.

Canterberry, a resident of Anaheim, has not been charged by prosecutors and was being held on $2-million bail. It’s unclear if he was being represented by an attorney. Police said they planned to present the case to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office Tuesday.

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It’s unclear whether Jelkes and the two suspects knew one another, police said. 

The second suspect remained at large and was described as a black man who was wearing dark pants and a white T-shirt. He is approximately 35 years old, stands 5 feet 10 and weighs about 185 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD’s West Bureau homicide division at (213) 382-9470.

Police expect to have a higher call volume Sunday night and Monday as revelers celebrate Halloween.

Deaths at or near Hollywood nightclubs are rare, although in August 2015 a 20-year-old DJ died during a brawl at Cashmere on Hollywood Boulevard. 

It was a year ago that L.A. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell warned that the city would be more aggressive in going after club operators who violate their conditional use permits. 

alice.walton@latimes.com

Twitter: @TheCityMaven

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UPDATES:

7:30 p.m.: This article was updated throughout with additional details and with the arrest of a suspect.

This article was originally published at 10:55 a.m.


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