Police: Mentally ill man stabs and kills 38-year-old in Tulare


A 38-year-old man was killed after being stabbed several times Saturday, according to the Tulare Police Department.

At around 12:56 a.m., officers responded to the 700 block of West San Joaquin Avenue for a report of a stabbing.

That’s where they found a Tulare man with several stab wounds. He later died at the hospital, police say.

Dispatch received a call from someone that said he followed the suspect to a residence not too far from the crime scene. Officers made contact with 21-year-old Francisco Ponce and his father. Witnesses identified Ponce as the suspect in the stabbing.

He was arrested and taken to Tulare Police Department for further investigation. A search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched.

Police say he admitted to the stabbing but could not give a reason why, as detectives learned Ponce has history of mental health issues and has had been involved in at least one other act of violence due to his condition.

The suspect’s father confirmed that he had mental health issues.

There seems to be no connection between the suspect and victim prior to the homicide.

Ponce was booked into Tulare County Jail on suspicion of murder charges.

If you have any additional information about this homicide, contact det. Art Cabello or det. Matt Muller at 559-684-4290.

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