A stabbing occurred Monday around 1:00 p.m. in front of the Canary Hotel’s Finch & Fork restaurant on the corner of Carrillo and Chapala streets. According to police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood, officers responded to a fight at the intersection after multiple 9-1-1 calls, one of which indicated an assault with deadly weapon had taken place.
Harwood said an altercation occurred at some location in the downtown area and culminated in the stabbing of a 31-year-old male. Citing the ongoing investigation, Harwood said he could not release many details on the incident, but stated there are currently an unspecified number of suspects under arrest at the police station. Authorities will determine possible charges following interviews with the suspects, he explained.
A witness at the scene (who did not want to be named) said she saw five or six young Hispanic males — possibly teenagers or in their early twenties — gathered on the corner of Carrillo and Chapala. One of the men was stabbed in the back, she said, but the wound did not look very deep. There was a trail of blood on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. One of the suspects was pushing a stroller with a child in it, she said, and the group fled east on Carrillo Street.
A Canary Hotel employee — a valet attendant — said he saw three men stop briefly near the hotel’s entranceway (at 31 W. Carrillo St.) to converse. He said he saw the man with the stroller continue running down Carrillo Street, and two others walked into the hotel entranceway. One of the men was holding a rag — soaked and dripping with blood — on his back. Once the two men saw that the valet attendant was looking at them, they ran through the entranceway and turned left.
Police and medics responded to the parking lot at Rabobank (on the corner of Carrillo and Anacapa streets) and two subjects were detained. A woman arrived at the parking lot to take the child from the arrested man, who was heard yelling in Spanish out the window of a police car, “No dice nada!”
The incident is believed to be gang-related, and there may be more suspects, Harwood said.