Los Angeles police: Man kills co-worker’s 3-year-old daughter ‘for no apparent reason’

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LOS ANGELES -- In an unprovoked attack with no known motive, a 34-year-old man fatally stabbed a co-worker’s 3-year-old child at the downtown Los Angeles garment factory where he and the girl's mother worked together, police told KTLA on Tuesday.

Ricardo Augusto Utuy is shown in a photo provided by LAPD on Nov. 1, 2016.
Ricardo Augusto Utuy is shown in a photo provided by LAPD on Nov. 1, 2016.

The man, identified as Ricardo Augusto Utuy, was booked on suspicion of murder in the girl’s death.

The child had just been picked up from day care to be with her mother at the clothing factory when Utuy stabbed the girl multiple times with a knife “without warning," according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release.

Police referred to the girl as “Baby Ruby.” She was stabbed "for no apparent reason," police told the Los Angeles Times.

Police were called to the scene for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon about 5:15 p.m. Monday. En route, officers learned the victim was being taken to a hospital in a private vehicle.

At the hospital, police found the child had died of her stab wounds. The girl’s mother told officers the stabbing occurred at the clothing factory.

"This individual just began working there about two weeks ago," Det. Moses Castillo said.

He did not know the child's family, Castillo said.

"That's the bizarre thing about this -- there is no known motive," Castillo said. "It was unprovoked. ... There is no words to even try to describe this person."

Police said that though the mother and the suspect worked together, they had minimal contact with each other.

Utuy fled after the stabbing and was later arrested, according to police. He was taken into custody at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to jail records. He was being held on $1 million bail.

Police shared Utuy's photo because they believe there might be unreported crimes associated with him.

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