UPDATE, SEPT. 7, 1:39 P.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department identifies the fatal stabbing victim as Jesus Daniel Flores, 17, of Tustin. “Preliminary reports indicate the victim became involved in an altercation with two unidentified males at, or near, a homeless encampment under the riverbed overpass,” reads a police advisory. “The cause of the altercation is unknown at this time.” The department gives another phone number for those who can help homicide detectives: 714.245.8390.
ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 7, 9:33 A.M.: A 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death Tuesday afternoon at the Santa Ana riverbed, according to Santa Ana Police.
Officers were sent just after 12:50 p.m. to the riverbed in the area of 2700 West First Street (near Fairview), where they found the teen suffering from a single stab wound to the upper torso, according to police.
The unidentified boy was taken to a local hospital, where he died shortly after 1 p.m., police say.
Witnesses told police the teen had been walking in the riverbed when a male approached him and a fight broke out before the stabbing. No description of the killer has been released.
Anyone with information that can help homicide detectives is asked to call 714.834.4211. Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS), 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”.)