No charges for USC student after fatal stabbing: Gascon

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The USC student who fatally stabbed a man allegedly breaking into cars on Greek Row will not faces charges, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.

Ivan Gallegos, 19, was arrested after the confrontation with Xavier Cerf, 27, at about 8:15 p.m. Monday in the 700 block of West 28th Street.

Gallegos and two friends were walking down the street when they spotted Cerf, who was homeless, allegedly breaking into a vehicle, and when they confronted him, an altercation began, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gallegos stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.

Gallegos claims he acted in self-defense, which Gascón echoed in a statement.

“After careful consideration and a thorough review of all available evidence, we have decided not to pursue charges against USC student Ivan Gallegos,” the statement said. “We believe that Mr. Gallegos’s actions were driven by a genuine fear for his life and the lives of others. Our heart goes out to the deceased’s family, friends and everyone impacted by this tragic incident.“

Though Gallegos said Cerf claimed to have a gun, no firearm was found, police said.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.