Simi Valley CA July 23 2020
Simi Valley police arrested a 40-year-old man suspected of stabbing two people on Tuesday, killing one victim and injuring the other, according to authorities.
The stabbings were reported at 4:40 p.m. in the 2100 block of First Street near the train tracks.
A security guard in the area reported a 26-year-old man and 30-year-old woman both suffering stab wounds. Authorities arrived and declared the man deceased, while the woman was taken to the hospital, authorities said. Her condition was not known.
Police found a man matching a description of the assailant in the area, later identifying him as Julio Martinez-Diaz, 40, of Los Angeles. He was also suffering from stab wounds and was transported to a local trauma center for treatment, police said.
Police determined the stabbings resulted from a confrontation at a homeless encampment near the tracks. The eastbound 117 Metrolink train was canceled due to the police investigation in the area of the train tracks.
Martinez-Diaz was arrested on suspicion of homicide and attempted homicide. The investigation remains ongoing, but police said there are no outstanding victims or suspects.
The stabbing death is the third stabbing homicide investigated by Simi Valley police this year. In April, Simi police arrested Rudolph Neidhardt, 34, on suspicion of killing Simi Valley resident Michael Majewski when they were involved in an ongoing dispute over property. Earlier in the year, Simi Valley resident Euren Balbuena was arrested after he was suspected of stabbing and killing his girlfriend, Zaira Trejo, at their home.