May 26, 2024

USA: Downtown LA Restaurant Worker Beaten By Customer Waiting For Food Order. Former 'General Hospital' Actor Gunned Down Interrupting Catalytic Converter Theft. Police Need Your Help For Both


FOX 11 Los Angeles published May 22, 2024: LA restaurant worker punched by customer over food order; Attacker on the run. A Wokcano staff in downtown Los Angeles was brutally attacked by a customer allegedly over a food order.
NBCLA published May 22, 2024: Downtown LA restaurant worker beaten by customer. An impatient customer brutally beat a restaurant worker inside a downtown Los Angeles eatery. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News on May 22, 2024.

Fox11 News, Los Angeles local
LA restaurant worker brutally attacked by customer over food order
written by Gina Silva
Wednesday May 22, 2024

LOS ANGELES - The search is on for the man who brutally attacked a restaurant worker in downtown Los Angeles – the incident allegedly happening over a food order.

A routine day at Wokcano restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles turned into a nightmare for Kevin Oxlaj after he was targeted by the enraged customer.

The incident unfolded on Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. when a man, visibly agitated over a delay in his order, began berating a pregnant employee. Oxlaj, witnessing the confrontation, intervened, urging the customer to show respect and empathy towards the pregnant employee.

Little did he know that his kindness would trigger a violent outburst.

"The moment he started hitting me, I felt like he just wanted to kill me," Oxlaj recalled. "I thought he was going to end my life right there and then."

Kevin's mother, Isabel Hernandez, tearfully recounts her anguish upon learning of the assault.

"I couldn't bear to watch the video," Hernandez said.

Traumatized, both the mother and son are seeking justice.

"I'm scared he might still be looking for me," Oxlaj said.

He adds the suspect has since returned to the restaurant asking coworkers about Oxlaj.

The Los Angeles Police Department was called, but the assailant took off before officers made it to the Wokcano.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call LAPD.

KCAL News published May 25, 2024: Man shot and killed after interrupting catalytic converter theft in downtown LA. Joy Benedict reports from the South Park neighborhood in downtown LA, where a man was shot and killed after he interrupted a catalytic converter theft in the area early Saturday morning.
KTLA news published May 26, 2024: 'General Hospital' actor shot, killed in downtown L.A. The man shot and killed during an attempted catalytic converter theft in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday has been identified as actor Johnny Wactor, his family confirmed.

ABC6 News, Philadelphia local
Former 'General Hospital' actor Johnny Wactor killed in downtown Los Angeles shooting
written by Staff
Sunday May 26, 2024

LOS ANGELES -- Former "General Hospital" actor Johnny Wactor was fatally shot in downtown Los Angeles while interrupting a catalytic converter theft, his family confirmed Sunday.

Wactor's mother confirmed his death to our sister station KABC in Los Angeles.

The shooting happened around 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of West Pico Boulevard and South Hope Street. LAPD investigators say three men were trying to steal a catalytic converter when the car's owner approached them.

Scarlett Wactor said her 37-year-old son was leaving work at a downtown rooftop bar and was walking with one of his coworkers when he saw what looked like someone working on his car.

He initially thought his car was being towed, she said, and he approached the person to ask if that was the case. But when the suspect looked up, he was wearing a mask, and opened fire.

The three suspects fled in a vehicle. Paramedics brought Wactor to a local hospital and he was pronounced dead there.

Wactor portrayed Brando Corbin on the ABC soap opera from 2020 to 2022, appearing in more than 160 episodes before the character was written off.

Wactor also appeared in a variety of films and TV series, including "Station 19," "NCIS," "Westworld" and the video game "Call of Duty: Vanguard."

Among his other interests, Wactor's Instagram page details a fondness for outdoor sports and adventures, such as rock climbing and rodeo.

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