Man stabbed to death after argument with roommate’s daughter’s friend

A Long Beach man was stabbed to death Thursday night after an argument with his roommate’s daughter’s friend whom he chased with a metal pole in the Poly High neighborhood, police said.

Police were originally called to the home in the 400 block of E. 21st Street at about 8:45 p.m. about a possible restraining order violation that resulted in the stabbing, police said. After officers got there, they found a 29-year-old man with a stab wound to his upper body about two blocks away on the 2000 block of Linden Avenue.

Police immediately rendered aid until paramedics got there and the victim was taken to a local hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries. Police have only identified him as a 29-year-old Long Beach man, pending notification to his family by the county coroner.

Police identified the suspect as 19-year-old Edson Rufino from Signal Hill. The roommate of the victim had a restraining order against Rufino and he had gone to the home on 21st Street to visit her daughter, who is an adult and is not included in the restraining order, police said.

“After a verbal dispute in the residence, Rufino left the location with the adult female,” police said. “The victim armed himself with a metal pole and chased Rufino near the 2000 block of Linden Ave. An altercation ensued between Rufino and the victim, which resulted in the death of the male adult victim.”

Rufino and the woman fled the area, but detectives found them in his vehicle near Willow Street and Pacific Avenue. Rufino was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held in jail on a $2 million bail.

Police also took the woman into custody for interrogation but later released her. She had been injured in her upper body during the fight, but refused medical attention, police said.

Police ask that anyone with any information regarding the incident to contact homicide detective Travis Harris and Mark Mattia at 562-570-5735. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 800-222-8477 or by visiting www.crimestoppers.org.

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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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