Man stabbed to death in Fresno County. The suspect was found 5 miles away

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A 35-year-old man was stabbed to death Saturday night in Fresno County, according to the sheriff’s office.

At around 6:15 p.m., the Mendota Police Department responded to the 200 block of Holmes Avenue for a man who wasn’t breathing. When officers arrived, they found John Rangel, 35, of Mendota
deceased with stab wounds.

The suspect, Rafael Rivas, 37, of Mendota, left the home where it happened, the sheriff’s office says.

Mendota PD received an anonymous call saying Rivas was seen near Lolita and 6th streets. Officers and deputies found and arrested him.

The Mendota Police Department handed over the investigation to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives are interviewing those who were at the home to figure out what led up to the stabbing death of Rangel.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to contact Det. Jose Mora at 559-600-8205, sheriff’s dispatch at 559-600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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