Police arrest brothers in April stabbing death of 60-year-old man

Long Beach police have arrested two brothers in the April stabbing death of a 60-year-old Long Beach man, officials said.

The man was found with multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma in his Alamitos Beach home on the evening of April 6 after a verbal dispute, officials said. The identity of the victim has not yet been released because the county coroner is still trying to notify his next of kin, a spokeswoman said.

Police arrested 35-year-old Enrique Cienfuegos of Long Beach on Thursday morning at the Compton courthouse on suspicion of murder. He was there for a hearing on an unrelated matter, police said.

They also arrested his brother, 33-year-old Daniel Cienfuegos, outside a home in the 1000 block of E. Third Street shortly after. Daniel Cienfuegos was arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation and of being an accessory after the fact.

“Both counts are a result of evidence revealing Daniel’s involvement in intimidating any potential witnesses to the stabbing not to come forward,” police said. “The second count is a result of detectives collecting evidence Daniel was aware of the murder and assisted his sibling in avoiding or escaping from arrest, trial, concealing evidence, avoiding capture or avoiding prosecution.”

Enrique Cienfuegos is being held on a $2 million bail and Daniel Cienfuegos is being held on a $500,000 bail.

Police do not yet know the relationship between the victim and the suspects and have not revealed a possible motive for the stabbing.

Detectives will present their cases to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office next week for filing consideration.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.
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