A murder suspect has been arrested following a fatal stabbing early Saturday in central Fresno.
A 48-year-old man was found lying on the sidewalk bleeding from a stab wound around 2 a.m. at Floradora Avenue and Thesta Street. The man, who was not named pending notification of his family, died at the scene.
Fresno police arrested William Gideons, 25, of Fresno on suspicion of murder, attempted robbery and resisting arrest.
Fresno police Sgt. David Ramsey said detectives learned that Gideons had an argument with his fiancée and assaulted his mother-in-law before the victim was stabbed outside their Floradora residence. Police don’t yet know if the victim and suspect knew each other or what prompted the stabbing.
After the stabbing, Ramsey said Gideons ran away and tried to rob two people on the corner of Lamona Avenue and Fresno Street about five minutes later before police arrested him at Carmen Avenue and Fresno Street.
Ramsey said when police approached Gideons, he was still armed with a knife and challenged the officers to kill him. Officers utilized a “less than lethal” shotgun — which shoots bean bags — and stun gun to take him into custody.
The stabbing is Fresno’s 16th homicide this year. Ramsey said at this time last year, there were 21 homicides.