A San Francisco man with "extensive history with police" was booked into Santa Cruz jail last night after police found him hiding bloody clothes shortly after a woman was stabbed to death in broad daylight.
Police arrested the 44-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, and charged him with brutally stabbing to death a 39-year-old woman just before noon on Monday. The suspect's last known address was in San Francisco, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Several neighbors saw a man attacking the woman with a knife about 11:50 a.m. They called 911, and when police arrived, they found the Live Oak woman between a parked SUV and a black four-door Nissan.
Paramedics tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:10 p.m. Police set up a perimeter, and quickly found the 44-year-old suspect with blood on his clothing near Barson and Campbell streets. Police told the Merc he was trying to hide evidence when police "surprised" him. He did not resist arrest.
Police found both the knife and the man's jacket covered in blood on the street. The cops are still trying to determine the connection between the suspect and victim, noting that she was not robbed, nor do they suspect it was a gang-related killing.
SF Weekly contacted San Francisco police to learn more about the suspect's history with police, but no word back yet.
It was Santa Cruz's first homicide since April 2011.
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