Westminster: Man Arrested After Stabbing Man Multiple Times Weeks After Another Stabbing

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02.14.2022 | 8:00 PM | WESTMINSTER – A man was arrested after stabbing a man multiple times just weeks after stabbing a different person, police announced Monday.

The man, 47-year-old Sang Van Phan, a person experiencing homelessness in Westminster, was arrested in a laundromat after the Feb. 12 stabbing.

Police responded to reports of a stabbing victim at the Stater Bros. grocery store located in the 8500 block of Westminster Boulevard around 8:57 AM.

When authorities arrived on scene they located a male victim who had been stabbed multiples times in his head, back, and neck.

Firefighter paramedics treated the man on scene before rushing him to an area hospital where he was expected to survive.

Witnesses led officers to the laundromat where they ultimately arrested Phan. He was charged with attempted murder and booked in to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $600,000 bail.

The knife used in the incident was recovered at the scene.

It was unclear what motivated the stabbing but authorities said the victim was also experiencing homelessness.

Phan was also arrested just weeks prior after stabbing a different person experiencing homelessness.

Deputy Chief Camera Knauerhaze described that victim as “elderly” and said the incidents are “a firm reminder of the violent and repeat offenders that commingle in [the] homeless community and choose a life of crime.”

Anyone with information regarding the Feb. 12 stabbing is urged to contact the Westminster Police Department’s Detective Bureau by calling (714) 898-3315.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Orange County Crime Stoppers by calling (855) TIP-OCCS or by visiting their website at www.occrimestoppers.org.

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