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Bloody body found in Valencia

Teenagers find man stabbed numerous times in his driveway

Posted: September 16, 2008 8:44 p.m.
Updated: November 18, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Sheriff's Deputy Joe Trejo stands with family members of Anthony Lombardi Tuesday, after they were informed he had been found stabbed to death in his driveway on Undine Road in Valencia earlier that morning.

 

Three Hart High School students found a Valencia man drenched in blood and stabbed to death in the front seat of his car Tuesday in a driveway on Undine Road, a sheriff's official said.

Anthony Lombardi, 55, was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso and his body, facing backwards, was draped half outside and half inside the driver's door of his Honda Accord coupe.

His car was parked in the driveway of his home, said Lt. Dave Coleman of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau.

The students were out of school early because of a minimum day, neighbor Casey McCarthy said. As the boys pedaled their bicycles past the parked car at about 11:30 a.m. they saw Lombardi's legs hanging out of his car.

"They ignored it," McCarthy said.

They rode by a second time and decided to investigate, finding Lombardi dead, he said.

Sheriff's deputies were called by another neighbor, McCarthy said.

Crime scene tape was put up and no cars or people were allowed in or out of Undine Road and Valen Drive. The three boys were reportedly taken to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station to give eyewitness testimony. Deputies searched the area but found no suspects, Coleman said.

The murder, the crime scene tape and hovering news helicopters left the neighborhood stunned.

Casey Mohr was on his way home from lunch with his mother when he saw deputies outside the house. He described Lombardi as friendly neighbor who raised pit bulls that were surprisingly friendly.

Lombardi's job was to collect money from automated teller machines and his garage was full of ATMs, McCarthy said."Nothing happens here," Albert Carter said. Carter, 73, has lived in the area since 1977.

He was on his way home from a computer class when deputies stopped him from turning down Valen Drive.
"This is a very quiet place. I am surprised," he said.

Family members began streaming to the crime scene. Tears rolled down their cheeks and their screams echoed through the usually serene neighborhood.

Deputies held back family members who rushed toward the yellow tape protecting the crime scene. Angry family members demanded answers from deputies who tried to comfort the family.

Undine Road is a short, tw-block street off Tournament Road, near the Vista Valencia Golf Course.

Word of the murder spread quickly through the area and officials at Meadows Elementary School were alerted, said Beverly Knutson, assistant superintendent of the Newhall School District. She and other school officials manned corners in the neighborhood and provided escorts for the children who lived in homes behind the crime scene tape.

Investigators recovered no weapons at the scene and found no suspects in the area, Coleman said.

Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121.

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