Police at the Temple City crime scene, January 11, 2016. Photo: OnSceneTV
Police at the Temple City samurai sword crime scene. Photo: OnSceneTV

Authorities Thursday released the name of a man accused of fatally stabbing a woman and wounding a man with a samurai sword in Temple City before being taken into custody.

The woman was stabbed once in the lower body during the attack, which occurred about 12:05 p.m. Wednesday in the 6000 block of Temple City Boulevard, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Diane Alarcon, 40, of Temple City died at the scene, the coroner’s office reported. A 42-year-old man, whose name was not released, was treated at a hospital for a stab wound, according to Schrader.

The suspect, 44-year-old Johnny Ralph Perales of Temple City, was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and was being held without bail.

Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina alleged that Perales, who may have been on drugs, walked into the home and attacked Alarcon with a wrench, and then stabbed her with an ornamental sword that was in the house.

Alarcon’s companion, who had been sitting inside the home with her when the suspect entered, tried to stop the attack, but Perales struck him several times with the sword and then ran out the front door, Schrader said.

After deputies contained the area, the suspect emerged from between two houses and surrendered.

“It is believed the suspect and the female victim knew each other, but it is still unclear at this time why the suspect attacked the victims,” Schrader said.

The sword and wrench were recovered at the scene. Perales was taken to a hospital for treatment of a minor puncture wound and was later booked.

The woman’s 10-year-old son was reportedly home at the time but escaped injury.

–City News Service

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