STOCKTON — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the stabbing death of a 44-year-old man in downtown Stockton last month.
Tomas Dias, 56, who had been wanted in connection with the man’s death, was taken into custody Saturday morning near Church and Harrison streets after police responded to the area for a report of a suspicious person, according to a Stockton Police Department Facebook post.
On April 26, officers responded at about 4:40 p.m. to the 500 block of West Sonora Street on the report of a stabbing, police said. Upon arrival, they found the victim suffering from stab wounds. Officers performed CPR on the man until medics arrived to transport him to an area hospital, where he died from unspecified injuries.
The assailant, later identified as Dias, fled the area before officers arrived, police said.
While authorities had not provided a motive for the stabbing, a witness reported a fight apparently had occurred over donated goods left outside a homeless services center.
Wayne Mahan, 66, who witnessed the fight, said at the time that just before the incident occurred a woman drove to the area to drop off donations at St. Mary’s Dining Room, the only facility on the block.
“There was no one available to accept the stuff. The person set it down and it became a free-for-all. Two gentleman were having a disagreement and one pulled out a knife and cut him,” said Mahan, who lives nearby, adding that he had not recognized either man involved. “I haven’t seen them around. Things change around here every day. People come and go.”
Dias is being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail and is facing a felony murder charge, online jail records show. He has a court date scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Stockton.
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