Transient Charged With Security Guard’s Fatal Stabbing

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Transient Charged With Security Guard’s Fatal Stabbing

SANTA ANA (CNS) – A 24-year-old transient was charged today with an apparently unprovoked fatal stabbing of a security guard at an Anaheim strip mall.

Andrew Isaiah Godinez was charged with murder, with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. His arraignment Tuesday was rescheduled for Sept. 30 in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana.

Godinez is accused of fatally stabbing 46-year-old Joseph Paul Gomez of Tustin Friday night, said Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer.

Police were called to the 1800 block of West Lincoln Avenue about 10:15 p.m., Carringer said. Godinez was leaving when officers arrived and arrested him, Carringer said.

Gomez was working as a security guard at the strip mall when Godinez allegedly stabbed him for no apparent reason, Carringer said.

Godinez is also facing misdemeanor counts of assault and battery for a May 4 incident in Yorba Linda, according to court records.

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CNS-09-14-2021 17:25