A suspect was arrested for stabbing a man to death in front of Turning Point rehab center.
Police took 58-year-old Zyad Alsaid into custody Thursday and charged him with stabbed 32-year-old Matthew Chavez to death last Friday.
Chief Jerry Dyer said Alsaid’s criminal history is extensive and in this case the attack was completely unprovoked.
“(Chavez) was standing out front when Alsaid, unprovoked, attacked him and stabbed him twice with a knife. Once in the upper torso and another time in the neck severing his carotid artery,” Dyer said.
Chavez was taken to CRMC where he died shortly after.
Ronald Ozburn stays right where the murder took place and said he saw the attack.
“A guy was down on top of him with a knee to his chest and his hand down on top of him like this. I didn’t know what was going on. I walked past him, went around the corner, do what I do, came back around the corner and he was gone and the guy was laying there,” Ozburn said.
Chavez and Alsaid both stayed at the same nearby boarding house, but police said there was no motive.
Alsaid is from Palestine and was initially arrested for failing to report to Homeland Security. He was given an ankle monitor while detective built their case.
A break came early Thursday when a neighboring business owner found a knife in a nearby trailer.
“That knife again did have blood on it and is believed to be the murder weapon,” Dyer said.
Alsaid was arrested for the crime. Dyer said he’s been in the country about 45 years.
“He has an extensive criminal history dating back some 30 years. Those charges in the past have been attempted murder, domestic violence, weapons charges, drug charges and a number of others. He has served 10 years in the California prison system,” Dyer said.
Alsaid’s immigration status is not known.
Dyer said Alsaid would not speak to detectives, except to say he was not at Turning Point at the day of the murder, but Dyer said surveillance video disproves that statement.