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Did fight over a woman lead to fatal Tarpey Village stabbing?

Fresno County Sheriff's deputies investigate a stabbing May 26, 2018 in the Tarpey Village area.
Fresno County Sheriff's deputies investigate a stabbing May 26, 2018 in the Tarpey Village area. CRESENCIO RODRIGUEZ-DELGADO

A man is dead following a stabbing Saturday at a home in Tarpey Village, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti released details about what investigators believe led to the death of Anthony Felix Romero, 23, of Fresno. Eric Kenneth Smith, 35, was arrested in connection with the case.

Botti said Smith was visiting a woman at a home near Duke and Holland avenues, east of Clovis Avenue and north of Ashlan Avenue, when Romero, the woman's boyfriend, arrived. A disagreement led to a fight which led to the stabbing, Botti said. Authorities were called about 4:30 p.m.



The home is in the unincoroporated area between Fresno and Clovis so sheriff's deputies responded. They found Romero at the home with stab wounds. He was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

Smith had left by the time the deputies showed up, but they broadcast a description and he was spotted driving near Ashlan and Fowler avenues. He was arrested and booked into Fresno County Jail on a charge of murder. He remained in custody Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 559-600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado: 559-441-6304, @cres_guez
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