Arrest Made in Fatal Garden Grove Stabbing: Update

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UPDATE NO. 3, MAY 26, 6 A.M.: Garden Grove Police Lt. Tom DaRe says there has been an arrest in connection with the fatal stabbing last Tuesday, May 19, near Avalon Avenue and Fairview Street.

Details are sketchy. According to DaRe:

On 05-22-15 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Garden Grove Police investigators arrested a suspect in connection with the homicide. The suspect has been transported to the Garden Grove Police Department for further investigation. The suspect will be booked into the Orange County Jail for homicide.

The investigation is still on going, and there is no further information that can be released at this time.

When we know more, we'll let you know.

UPDATE NO. 2, MAY 20, 3:33 P.M.: Miguel Gualfre has been identified as the victim of what police are calling a gang-related homicide in the 3900 block of West 5th Street late Tuesday night. The preliminary investigation by Gang Homicide Detectives indicates the 23-year-old Santa Ana resident "was involved in a confrontation with the occupant(s) of an unknown type of vehicle, prior to being shot. The suspect vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on 5th Street toward Harbor Boulevard," reads a Santa Ana Police advisory. Monetary rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest of gang homicide or felony gang assault suspects, the department notes. Anyone with information about any gang homicide or felony gang assault suspects may call 714.245.8390 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS). The nonprofit can also be reached via occrimestoppers.org or by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cell phone. (All text messages should begin with the letters "OCCS".)

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UPDATE NO. 1, MAY 20, 12:32 P.M.: There was a second slaying in Orange County last night, this one in Santa Ana, where an unidentified man on a bicycle was shot in the 3900 block of West 5th Street around 11:30 p.m., according to police. Police received reports of shots fired and a victim down before arriving to find the victim, who was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, says Santa Ana Police Sgt. Matt Hermans. Other than my including the incidents in the same post, there is nothing else linking the two slayings at this time.

ORIGINAL POST, MAY 20, 10:21 A.M.: A 19-year-old man was stabbed to death in Garden Grove Tuesday night, police say.

Dispatchers got the call just before 9 p.m. about a stabbing in the area of Avalon and Fairview, where arriving officers found the unidentified teen, described only as Hispanic, on the street bleeding from stab wounds, reports Lt. Jeff Nightengale, the Garden Grove Police spokesman.

Garden Grove Fire personnel treated the man before having him taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was pronounced deceased at 9:43 p.m., Nightengale said.

The preliminary investigation, which is partly based on interviews with witnesses, indicates a male Asian in his twenties wearing dark clothing was seen leaving the scene of the stabbing on foot, but a search of the area did not produce a suspect or arrest, the spokesman says.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call 714.741.5800.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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