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Bakersfield suspect in fatal stabbing Monday is homeless, officials say

Officials say stabbing suspect was homeless
Posted at 6:51 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 01:51:26-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — New details released from the the Kern County Sheriff's Office confirms that the home where a man was fatally stabbed Monday morning is the same home where two people we're shot and killed just over a year ago.

Officials say the 26-year-old man who fatally stabbed another man in Southeast Bakersfield Monday morning is homeless.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office says David Valles allegedly stabbed 36-year-old Abrahim Mohamed Rajeh at an abandoned home near Lomita Drive and Adams Street.

The home where the stabbing happened is the same house where 27-year-old Jessie James John and 24-year-old Celenna Sanchez were shot and killed on October 4, 2018. Officials arrested 36-year-old Daniel Animas and 45-year-old Louie Ricardo Perez with murder in that case.

Valles was arrested at a motel Monday evening off Union Avenue for the stabbing, according to KCSO Sergeant David Hubbard.

Megan Long, the resident who called the police and assisted Rajeh, said dozens of homeless individuals roam through her neighborhood daily and use the abandoned home as a place to do drugs and sleep.

"You got to worry about someone snatching your kid or hurting your kid," Long said. "My kids got threatened while they were inside our yard by a homeless man."

Valles, who officials said is a homeless individual from Bakersfield, has been convicted for a series of previous convictions in recent years including drug offenses, vehicle theft and evading from police, Kern County Superior Court documents show.

In August, Valles received 215 days in lerdo jail for a drug offense and violating parole, but according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office, he was released early, on August 16, because of staffing issues at Lerdo Jail.

Valles only served 56 credited days of his sentence, DA spokesman Joe Kinzel said an emailed statement.