ANAHEIM – A 19-year-old man was stabbed and left in critical condition Monday, as authorities also identified another 19-year-old who died after an apparently unrelated stabbing in a different Anaheim neighborhood over the weekend.
Officers about 3:30 a.m. Monday responded to reports of a man suffering from stab wounds knocking on doors in the 100 block of West Guinida Lane and asking for help, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.
The man, who had suffered multiple stab wounds to his upper body, was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was listed in critical condition.
Investigators believe the stabbing may have occurred after the man confronted some people in a nearby alley. Police described the man as a documented gang member and say the stabbing is believed to be gang-related.
The stabbing came two days after a confrontation in a different Anaheim neighborhood left another 19-year-old, who police Monday identified as Andrew Pacheco of Anaheim, fatally injured.
Investigators believe Pacheco and 10 to 15 other people were walking in the 2400 block of West Ball Road shortly before 11:50 p.m. Saturday when a vehicle occupied by four males pulled up near them.
Two men got out of the car, singled Pacheco out of the crowd and asked if he had any gang affiliation, Dunn said.
The confrontation turned physical, Dunn said, and Pacheco was stabbed once or twice in the abdomen. The two assailants reportedly yelled out their gang name before driving away.
Pacheco, who police say has no known gang ties, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon.
While both stabbings are believed to be gang-related, authorities say there is no link between the two incidents.
No suspects in either stabbing have been identified, Dunn said, and no arrests have been reported.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.
By SEAN EMERY and ALEJANDRA MOLINA/ ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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