A man stabbed in central Fresno early Tuesday has died, becoming the city’s second homicide overnight, police reported.
Police said Richard Hill, 57, was assaulted at Calaveras Street and Belmont Avenue, just south of Highway 180. Homicide Sgt. David Ramos said the incident occurred sometime before 1 a.m., when an officer saw a bicycle in the roadway on Belmont. The officer then found the unresponsive man on the ground, called for emergency workers and began first aid and CPR.
The victim was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.
Detectives said a dispute over money escalated into physical violence, which resulted in the fatal stabbing.
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The slaying follows the fatal shooting Monday night of a man at Martin Luther King Boulevard and California Avenue in southwest Fresno — identified Tuesday as Toma Threat, 19. Police said Threat was walking in the area when someone got out of a white vehicle and shot him. Police said Threat is a gang member and the shooting is believed to be gang-related.
Detectives are still searching for suspects in both cases. Anyone with information about Hill’s death is asked to call detective Tony Rivera at (559) 621-2441 and anyone with information about Threat’s death is asked to call detective Bart Ledbetter at (559) 621-2446. Tips can also be made anonymously via Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
Hill’s stabbing was the second homicide at Belmont and Calaveras in less than a year. In June, Nathan Halsted, 49, was beaten senseless, then run over by a car near the intersection. Two brothers, Gerald and Jared Smith, 18, are awaiting trial in that case.