A 38-year-old homeless man was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday afternoon after a standoff with SWAT officers and detectives who’d connected him to a deadly stabbing one day earlier, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The suspect, identified by police as Anthony Sean Blake, was taken into custody near 10th Street and Atlantic Avenue where he’d refused to come out of a tent, police said. 

Police allege Blake is responsible for stabbing Marvin Allen Hadnot Jr., 35, to death around 4:40 a.m. Thursday near Long Beach Boulevard and Anaheim Street.


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Police have not released details on any possible motive for the stabbing. They said the two men were possibly involved in an argument or fight before the stabbing.

Police did not say what led them to identify Blake as a suspect in Hadnot’s death, but officers located the 38-year-old just before 1 p.m. Friday at the intersection of two alleys: Frontenac Court and Nardo Way. 

Officers called in an armored vehicle and shut down some nearby roadways when Blake refused to come out of a tent in the area, police said.

Officers could be heard ordering him to “come out with your hands up.” Neighbors, meanwhile, were evacuated or told to shelter in place, police said.

Eventually, Blake complied and came out of the tent, police said. Officers could be seen taking the man into custody around 2:45 p.m.

Blake’s bail was set at $ 2 million, according to police, who said the case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office next week for filing consideration.