A 43-year-old man was stabbed to death early Friday in Baldwin Park and another man was arrested.

The stabbing occurred about 12:10 a.m. in the 4000 block of Harlan Avenue, said Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

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Baldwin Park police officers responded to a disturbance call at a home and found the victim, Gilbert Ochoa Jr., down on the driveway, suffering from a stab wound to his chest, and the suspect, 54-year-old Steven Barron, with an injury to his forearm.

Ochoa, a resident of Baldwin Park, was pronounced dead at the scene, Saldana said.

“Prior to the incident the homeowner of the residence was having a conversation with victim Ochoa, who was visiting, in the garage,” Saldana said.

“The suspect … who was the homeowner’s tenant, entered the garage and started an argument with the victim that led to a fight. The victim struck the suspect with a metal pipe but the suspect then gained control of the pipe, striking the victim and stabbing him with a knife.”

Barron was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. He was then taken to the Baldwin Park police station, where he was booked on suspicion of murder, Saldana said.

A large kitchen knife believed to be the murder weapon was recovered at the scene, she said.

The homeowner was not injured.

No details were released about what sparked the argument.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were assisting Baldwin Park police in the investigation.

–City News Service

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