BEACON TRANSCRIPT – On Thursday, the California authorities arrested a 49-year-old suspect who allegedly went inside a Ventura Aloha Steakhouse and stabbed a man in the neck. According to the suspect’s arrest warrant, the man, who’s listed as homeless, did not know his victim prior to the attack. The victim died later that day at the hospital.
Homeless Man Monitored for Disruptive Behavior
A Ventura Police Department spokesperson declared that 49-year-old Jamal Jackson, the homeless man charged in the stabbing death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele, was under police scrutiny following an incident which occurred earlier that day.
According to the officials, before entering the Aloha Steakhouse, Jackson was booted out of another restaurant for allegedly yelling at a server and displaying disturbing behavior. The authorities were alerted to Jackson’s behavior, and the Command Center kept the homeless man under surveillance until he left the restaurant.
Law enforcement agents were not dispatched to the location as the live feed did not show Jackson breaking any laws.
The police report reveals that after leaving the restaurant, he went to the Aloha Steakhouse. Once inside, he went straight to Mele’s table. The victim was holding his daughter in his lap and was just about to leave the restaurant when Jackson approached him.
Several eyewitnesses reported that the suspect drew his knife and stabbed Mele in the neck while the man was still holding the infant in his arm. The child was not injured during the incident.
Mele was later rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery but passed away later that day due to his injuries. Jackson was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment.
The authorities are somewhat baffled by the Ventura restaurant stabbing as the suspect, and his victim did not know each other. More than that, the detectives have yet to identify Jackson’s motive.
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