A man was in custody Thursday for allegedly fatally stabbing another man, who police say may have been sleeping on a bench in Tongva Park in Santa Monica.

Joseph Perez, 21, was booked on suspicion of murder in connection with the attack that occurred about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at 1615 Ocean Ave., said Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez. He was being held on $2 million bail.

The victim, a young man in his late teens or early 20s, died at a hospital, Rodriguez said. His name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives.

Officers were sent to the park “regarding an assault with a deadly weapon,” Rodriguez said.

“First responding officers located a male victim on a park bench suffering from a stab wound,” Rodriguez said. “Additionally, officers saw a male suspect running away from the crime scene and were able to quickly detain the suspect. …

“A preliminary investigation revealed the victim may have been sleeping on a park bench prior to the assault,” Rodriguez said. “The deceased suffered a single stab wound to the abdomen area.”

No information was released on a motive for the crime. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police at (310) 458-8942 or (310) 458-8491.

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