Pasadena Stabbing Victim Dies of Wounds, Killer at Large After 5-Hour Containment Search

Published : Friday, March 1, 2019 | 12:04 PM



Saturday, March 2, 2019: 7:45 a.m. Pasadena police announced the arrest of the suspect in this case.

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The victim in a Friday morning stabbing attack which led to the 5-hour shutdown of a downtown neighborhood as police hunted the suspect, has died of his wounds.

Pasadena Police Lt. Max Dahlstein said the victim was a 52-year-old black man, who was a Pasadena resident.

He was identified by KCAL9 News as Byron Nettles, the manager for the Euclid Villa Transition Housing facility overseeing residents maintaining their sobriety and needing housing for their families.

Nettles was attacked about 9:05 Friday morning at the facility in the 100 block of South Euclid Avenue.

Nettles’ wife T’Shawn Demethris told KCAL9’s Greg Mills that her husband of 22 years was a very kind man who helped all he could, but when he told the suspect he did not have the power to help the man’s wife with her drug addiction the man flew into a rage and attacked him.

One witness told KCAL that she saw the suspect stab Nettles in the face and chest with a switchblade.

Nettles was transported by Fire Dept. paramedics to Huntington Hospital, where he succumbed.

Responding police immediately set up a perimeter containment bounded by Green Street on the north, California Blvd. on the south, Marengo Ave. on the west, and Los Robles Ave. on the east to search for the suspect, who reportedly fled on foot.

Officers searched the area for the suspect with the assistance of police helicopters and police canines until about 2:30 p.m. before calling off the effort.

Mayfield Junior School was placed on lockdown. Only a limited number of students, about 25, were on the campus during the incident. Police monitored student pickups by parents in the afternoon.

The Glendale Police Department also provided assistance during the search for the suspect.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 50’s, 5’-10” to 6’-0”, balding on the top of his head, goatee or mustache, last seen wearing a green trench coat.

“We thank the public for their patience,” City Press Information Officer Lisa Derderian said. “This is an ongoing investigation so please contact Pasadena Police should you have any information.”

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Detective Todd McDonald at (626)- 744-6477 or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website


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