Long Beach was the scene of a shocking assault and stabbing spree involving a 31-year-old homeless man, Mario Najara
Detained on Wednesday by local police, Najara is now facing serious charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and robbery.
The unfolding of the violent incident that led to detention of Mario Najara
On May 30, 2023, around 11:56 a.m., Long Beach police were summoned to the vicinity of Livingston Drive and Park Avenue following multiple calls reporting an active assault. The suspect, described as an adult male armed with a knife, was reportedly attacking people at random.
Who is Mario Najara who went on stabbing spree in Long Beach, victims list and photo
#Update: @LBPD identify the attacker in Tuesday’s screwdriver incident as Mario Najara, a 31-year-old experiencing homelessness.
He has been booked on attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and robbery.
Bail has been set at $1,000,000. pic.twitter.com/SiuNeiA7fq
— Mekahlo Medina (@MekahloNBCLA) June 1, 2023
Within just five minutes of the initial distress calls, officers arrived on the scene. They found a man and a woman who had been assaulted, although they had not been stabbed as initial reports suggested. Shortly thereafter, they learned that the suspect had moved to Livingston Park and launched a horrifying attack on a man holding a 2-year-old child.
The police report that the suspect, later identified as Mario Najara, stabbed the man multiple times in the lower torso after causing him to drop the child and fall to the ground. Shortly after this terrifying episode, the police located Najara, still armed with a weapon, which remained unidentified.
The confrontation of Mario Najara with the police
The police tried to calm things down, but Najara started going back and tried to go into a nearby house even though they were told many times to put down their weapon. Because things were getting worse, an officer shot Najara once.
Despite being injured, the suspect kept being violent and stabbed another person in the upper body near Second Street. Both the suspect and the second person who got stabbed were taken to a hospital, luckily, with injuries that are not life-threatening.
The allegations against Mario Najara
The police have currently detained Mario Najara on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and robbery. His bail has been set at a staggering $1,000,000.
As this alarming incident reverberates through the community of Long Beach, many are left grappling with the realities of public safety. With Mario Najara now in custody, the local residents hope for a swift investigation and justice for the victims.