[UPDATED with 1 Arrest, 2 Fugitives:] Paul Anthony Garcia Dies in Santa Ana Stabbing
See the Update No. 2 on page 2 about the arrest of one suspect and the I.D.'s of two more being sought.
See Update No. 1 on the next page with screen shots from surveillance video that Santa Ana Police believes show Garcia's killers.
ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 11, 1:56 P.M.: A 26-year-old Irvine man was fatally stabbed Saturday after two men chased him on a busy stretch of South Main Street in Santa Ana.
The killers of Paul Anthony Garcia were still at large at last word.
According to police and witness accounts, Garcia apparently first turned up in the 1900 block of South Main Street around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. He ducked into El Chile Picante restaurant at 1904 S. Main not to place an order but to hide out. But two men in their 20s entered after him and started a fight that spilled out the door.
The men left and Garcia waited a bit inside the eatery before exiting and promptly being chased by at least one man. Garcia was assaulted behind a tax business at Main and Commercial Street before running across the street and collapsing near a party supply store. He was kept alive with CPR but later died at a local hospital.
Police, who at this point have no evidence the attack was gang-related, are hoping a tipster will help locate the killers. Anyone with information is asked to call the Santa Ana Police Homicide Unit at 714.245.8390.
UPDATE NO. 1, MARCH 15, 2:15 P.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department has released screen shots from surveillance video taken inside El Chile Picante minutes before Garcia was fatally stabbed. Investigators believe these are his killers:
Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Photos courtesy of SAPD
UPDATE NO. 2, MARCH 22, 8:53 P.M.: One man has turned himself in and two more are being sought by the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) for the murder of Paul Anthony Garcia, officials say.
Pablo Sanchez, 18, surrendered to police after the release of surveillance video police believe shows Garcia's killers.
Still being sought are father and son Rigoberto Rodriguez, 53, and Mario Alberto Rodriguez, 23, who have had previous run-ins with the law, thus the booking photos:
Mario Alberto Rodriguez
Police have not disclosed why anyone was chasing Garcia or why the Irvine man was fatally stabbed once he was caught on a busy Santa Ana street in broad daylight.
Anyone who has seen these jokers is asked to call the Santa Ana Police Homicide Unit at 714.245.8390.
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