Stabbing spree suspect ordered to stand trial for murder, attempted murder

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Stabbing spree suspect ordered to stand trial….

A Long Beach man accused of carrying out a series of seemingly random stabbings that left a woman dead and four others injured in Long Beach in October 2022 was ordered to stand trial Friday, July 21, despite his lawyer arguing that statements made by his client before, during and after the attacks showed he was suffering from mental health problems.

 

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Before ruling that Yohance Sharp would be made to answer for his alleged crimes.

 It’s probably not realistic.”

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But ultimately, Sharp declined.

 If convicted, he could receive 90 years to life in prison, according to prosecutors.

Long Beach police investigate a fatal stabbing on Atlantic Avenue in October 2022. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Delao testified in court that Sharp went up to him from behind and put a knife up to his neck. At first, Delao said, he thought Sharp was joking, but when he realized he wasn’t, he went into the 7-Eleven to ask for help.

Sharp followed him, but didn’t go inside the store, Delao said. Eventually, Sharp left running, he added.

Romero said she could sense Sharp behind them, so she turned around.

“Is it because I’m Black?” Romero recalls Sharp saying.

He then asked them for $20, the two cousins said, but when they told Sharp they didn’t have any money on them, he let them go, according to prosecutors.

Romero and Velasquez continued to the car, thinking Sharp had left. But he hadn’t, according to prosecutors.

The cousins testified in court that when they turned around, they saw Sharp rushing at them with a knife.

Romero, trying to get away from Sharp, fell and hit her head on the curb, she recalled.

“I thought I was going to die,” Romero said in court.

Velasquez, meanwhile, said she felt “paralyzed” as she watched Sharp attack Romero.

The two survived the attack, but Romero required hospitalization and stitches for lacerations to her face and chest.

Two days later, on Oct.

There, officers found 62-year-old Tina Hook outside of a county-run temporary housing facility at 1133 Atlantic Ave.

According to prosecutors, Hook was walking in the area at around 5:30 a.m. when Sharp approached her.

At some point, Sharp began punching Hook in the face, eventually stabbing her, prosecutors said.

Security footage played in court shows a man in a yellow jacket, which authorities identifed as Sharp, following a woman and attacking her under a tree.

The person in the yellow jacket eventually leaves the camera frame before coming back again and seemingly standing over the woman and slitting her throat.

Sharp would go on to attack or try to attack four more people, injuring three, according to prosecutors.

Footage from a security camera near Ocean Boulevard and Fifth Place apparently captures Sharp screaming “I’m going to kill a motherf—ker, I don’t care who I kill,” according to prosecutors.

Police eventually tracked down Sharp on the Alamitos Beach bike path after witnesses and victims pointed him out.

Officer Jeremy Gill testified that he witnessed Sharp with a knife that morning on the beach, attempting to chase down a jogger.

When the jogger became aware, they sped and left the scene, authorities said. Gill said he then gave Sharp the command to stop, but he disobeyed him and continued to run away.

Eventually, according to Gill, Sharp threw the knife in the air and it fell in the water, but officers later found it.

Following his arrest, detectives used security camera footage to connect Sharp to Hook’s stabbing.

“I killed the one in Long Beach right outside the house … and I just went on a rampage after that,” Gamboa recalls Sharp saying in the recording. “I always wanted to to try it.”

Sharp’s attorney never disputed that Sharp killed Hook that morning or that he went on a  across the city.

Furthermore, Laesecke found Sharp to have been in violation of his parole when he attacked Delao, Romero and Velasquez, and when he failed to listen to officer’s commands as they were trying to detain him.

Sharp, whom Laesecke called a “danger” to the community, remains jailed in lieu of $9.065 million bail. He is due back Aug.

 

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