A homicide investigation has Fresno Police at a roadblock, since there are no witnesses to the actual stabbing that killed a man said to be in his 20’s.
Officers found a man suffering from stab wounds around 3 p.m. Sunday at a business plaza on the corner of Belmont Avenue and Sixth Street. The man was on the ground in front of a smoke shop.
Sami was doing his laundry in the neighboring laundromat. He recalled hearing the commotion build up when people discovered the victim.
“I heard somebody say, ‘Hey, this guy fell on the ground out here.’ I stick my head out and I see a man facedown on the ground,” Sami said.
At first, Sami and others there thought the man was suffering from a heat injury. When they realized it was much more serious, they called for help. The man was taken to an area hospital, according to police, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Sami, along with everyone else at the plaza, were questioned and held for some time. More than four hours after the victim was found, Sami and other people at the plaza were still waiting for access to their cars.
With no one seeing how the victim got there, police are hoping to find something from the surrounding business’ surveillance cameras.
Police haven’t ruled out that the stabbing could have happened somewhere not in the plaza’s immediate proximity.
“He may have walked on his own and collapsed in front of the shop,” said Lt. Jennifer Horsford. “That’s what we’re still trying to figure out at this point.”
If you have information about this crime, you’re encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 559-498-STOP. You can remain anonymous.