Nipomo man stabbed to death in Santa Maria
October 3, 2016
A 42-year-old Nipomo man was stabbed to death in Santa Maria Sunday evening. The killing marks the 10th homicide in the city this year.
Around 8:41 p.m., Santa Maria police received a call about a stabbing in the 500 block of East Cox Lane. Responders transported Anthony Arguijo to Marian Regional Medical Center, but he did not survived his injuries.
Officers have not identified a suspect or a motive for the killing. Investigators request that anyone with information abut the case call the police department.
In 2015, Santa Maria had a spike in homicides with 13 murders, compared to three in 2014 and two in 2013.
This January, six people were murdered in Santa Maria. A lull in violence then occurred for several months. During that period, authorities arrested 15 foreign nationals from Honduras and El Salvador who are accused of involvement in the recent murder spree.
The homicides resumed with a fatal shooting at a July 4 block party. Later in July, Santa Maria police shot and killed a mentally ill man who allegedly charged at them with a knife.
Last month, an 18-year-old man was stabbed to death, marking the ninth homicide of the year. In addition to the killings, there have also been multiple shooting and stabbings this year in which the victims survived.