Man stabbed to death, roommate arrested

By KFSN Staff

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VISALIA, California (KFSN) — Visalia police have arrested a man who they believe stabbed his roommate to death, an hour after he got into a fight with another roommate.

The stabbing happened around 8am on Saturday at the home of E. Arcata Court.

The suspect, Ray Evans, 41, is currently in custody for homicide.

Officers say they were first called to the home around 6:50 a.m. to mediate a dispute between Evans and one of his housemates. They told the two to go their separate ways for the day and both agreed to no longer interact with each other.

An hour later, officers were called again to the same home, where Evans was now in a physical fight with another roommate, a 79-year-old man.

When officers arrived, Evans had locked himself in a bedroom.

“The main concern was that there were also four other occupants in the house, so officers were unsure who else might be in danger at this time,” said Visalia Police’s Mike Short.

After coaxing Evans out of the house after approximately 30 minutes, officers entered to find the 79-year-old victim suffering from multiple stab wounds. First responders attempted to save him, but he died at the scene.

No one else was injured.

Evans was arrested and taken to Kaweah Health Medical Center where he received treatment for an injury sustained in the attack on the victim.

He will face murder charges.

“We’ve had contact with him in the past, nothing that would lead us to believe this type of crime was happening,” Short said.

Neighbors on this street told Action News they believe the crime took place in a boarding house where up to 10 people lived and there were often problems with the residents living there.

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