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UPDATE: Detectives probe stabbing death in Canyon Country

Posted: January 11, 2014 10:48 p.m.
Updated: January 11, 2014 10:48 p.m.

This contributed image shows the crime scene near where a man was stabbed to death in Canyon Country Friday night.

A man was stabbed to death in Canyon Country late Friday night in what detectives say may have been a gang-related incident.

Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a call of a possible stabbing victim on the 18100 block of Sundowner Way in Canyon Country at approximately 10:45 p.m. Friday, according to a news release.

Once they arrived, they discovered a male victim lying unconscious on the ground with multiple stab wounds to his upper torso.

The victim, described only as a male adult, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The murder suspect and the perpetrator or perpetrators remain outstanding at this time, but preliminary investigation indicates the stabbing may be a gang-related incident.

As of Saturday afternoon, the scene had been largely cleared, with only a few strands of yellow police caution tape left here and there.

The space between two parked cars was splashed with dried blood, and a trail of dried blood spots led down the street.

Dan Badovinac, a Canyon Country resident who lives in a nearby complex, said he was out on his balcony when a car screeched up to Sundowner Way.

“I saw a car screeching around the corner and I heard some screaming,” he recalled Saturday morning.

Badovinac said the car stopped for a short time near the area where the body was later found and then sped away.

“It went so fast that it set off car alarms,” he said.

Canyon Country resident Scott Gordon, who also lives nearby where the stabbing occurred, said he was driving back home with his family Friday night when he saw law enforcement activity in the area but didn’t hear what happened until Saturday morning.

Gordon has lived in the area for years and said he had never heard of anything like this happening.

But he said crime in the area does seem to be on the rise, particularly in the last year or so.

“It would not surprise me if it was gang related,” he said of Friday’s stabbing. “It would not surprise me one bit.”

He said Friday’s events even have him thinking about moving.

“I’m also thinking about buying a gun,” he said.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips can also be made anonymously at 800-222-8477 or online at
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