A Fresno woman was fatally stabbed at a shopping center in central Fresno on New Year’s Eve, and police are looking for her boyfriend.
Police responded to a call of a stabbing in a parking lot at First Street and McKinley Avenue about 8:10 p.m. on Dec. 31. When officers arrived, they found a woman unresponsive on the pavement near Game Time Pizza Palace. They immediately began first aid.
Paramedics continued life-saving measures in an attempt to revive the woman as she was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno, but she died.
The woman was identified as Robin Smith, 41, from Fresno.
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About 30 minutes later, police received a 911 call from a 62-year-old man who said he had been involved in an altercation with two people at First Street and McKinley Avenue, said Sgt. David Ramsey. Officers went to the man’s home and found he had serious but non-life-threatening injuries to his face.
He told police he had met Smith through a website and agreed to a date. They met at Game Time Pizza but decided to head to a restaurant near Chestnut and Shaw avenues.
The man said he was taking Smith back to her car at First and McKinley when a 43-year-old man, later identified as Smith’s boyfriend, walked up to the man’s vehicle and began assaulting the 62-year-old, Ramsey said.
Smith was stabbed in the chest while the 62-year-old was being hit by Smith and her boyfriend, Ramsey said.
The 62-year-old was able to drive home and call police.
Ramsey said the investigation is ongoing, and police will consult with the Fresno County district attorney about charges.
Fresno ended the year with 40 homicides in 2015, not counting this case pending further investigation, Ramsey said. In contrast, Fresno had 48 homicides in 2014.