Suspect Arrested for Murder of Pasadena Apartment Manager in Friday Stabbing

Police arrested Telly R. Johnson, a 41-year old Los Angeles man in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Pasadena apartment manager on Friday

Published : Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 7:58 AM

[Updated]   The suspected knifeman who fatally stabbed an apartment manager Friday morning in downtown Pasadena has been arrested in Los Angeles, police said this morning.

The stabbing attack led to the 5-hour shutdown of a large, mostly-residential area of Pasadena as police hunted the suspect with a helicopter, ground officers and canine units.

The victim has been identified as Byron Young Nettles, a 52-year-old Pasadena resident. KCAL9 News reports that Nettles was the manager for the Euclid Villa Transition Housing facility overseeing occupants 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.

Responding police immediately set up a containment perimeter 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 had fled on foot.

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.

Area residents were asked to shelter in place during the hours-long search.

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

At about 2:30 p.m., the search concluded with no suspect in custody.

“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.”

After the preliminary investigation by detectives suggested the incident was not random in nature, Pasadena police requested the U.S. Marshal’s – Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force to surveil a location in Los Angeles.

At approximately 9:26 p.m. Friday night, the suspect was apprehended without incident in the 1900 block of Cordova Street in Los Angeles. Detectives also executed a search warrant at a residence and vehicle in the same block.

A clear motive for the stabbing remains under investigation, police said Saturday.

The suspect, identified as Telly R. Johnson, a 41-year-old Los Angeles man, was booked for murder at the Pasadena City Jail with bail set at $2 million.

The investigation is on-going and no further information is being released at this time.

Earlier 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 killer stab Nettles in the face and chest with a switchblade.

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

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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