Authorities on Friday arrested a transient suspected of fatally stabbing an Auto Club serviceman who was helping a club member — reportedly the suspect’s mother — with a vehicle problem in Pico Rivera.

Tobias Ruben Cabrera. Sheriff's Department photo
Tobias Ruben Cabrera. Sheriff’s Department photo

The suspect — 39-year-old Tobias Ruben Cabrera — was arrested about 11:30 a.m. by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

He allegedly fled on a bicycle following the attack on 35-year-old Raymond Zabala about 4:30 p.m. attack Tuesday in the 8400 block of Buhman Avenue.

Investigators had circulated a photo of Cabrera, who was known to frequent the Pico Rivera area.

“Deputies from the Pico Rivera Station and the Major Crimes Bureau developed information about the possible whereabouts of Cabrera, and set up surveillance in the area of Whittier Boulevard and the San Gabriel River,” said Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Cabrera was spotted and taken into custody without incident, Rouzan said.

He was taken to the Pico Rivera Station, where he was booked on suspicion of murder, with bail set at $1 million, the deputy said.

Zabala died near the crime scene after he sought help at nearby homes.

Zabala worked for Petra Towing in Montebello, and had gone to assist Cabrera’s mother, whose car battery had died, according to media reports.

Zabala and his wife had been married about a year, and had just had their first child.

— City News Service

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