Police Saturday said a suspect has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a man in Pasadena, which prompted the lockdown of a junior high school and forced area residents to shelter in place.
The suspect has been identified as Telly R. Johnson, 41, of Los Angeles, said Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson.
Byron Young Nettles, 52, was stabbed at 9:05 a.m. Friday in front of an apartment building in the 100 block of South Euclid Avenue, according to Pasadena Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.
Paramedics took Nettles to a hospital, where he later died from his wounds, Clawson said.
Nettles lived in and managed the apartment building, according to media reports, but it was unclear whether Johnson had any connection to the building or the victim.
“Robbery-homicide detectives responded to the scene for further investigation,” Clawson said. “Preliminary investigation suggests the incident was not random in nature. A motive for the stabbing remains under investigation.”
Officers set up a perimeter containment to search for Johnson, who fled on foot, Derderian said.
The block-by-block search, involving helicopters and K-9 units, was in an area bounded by Green Street and California Boulevard, from Los Robles Avenue to Marengo Avenue, she said.
Mayfield Junior High School at 405 S. Euclid Ave. was locked down and area residents were told to shelter in place while police continued the search.The lockdown and shelter-in-place orders were lifted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, but residents were urged to report anything suspicious as the suspect remained at large, Derderian said.
“Detectives diligently continued their investigation and requested the U.S. Marshal’s Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force to surveil a location in Los Angeles,” Clawson said.
Johnson was taken into custody without incident a little after 9:25 p.m. Friday in the 1900 block of Cordova Street, when detectives executed a search warrant at a residence and vehicle there, he said.
Johnson was arrested on suspicion of murder and booked at the Pasadena City Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Pasadena police detectives asked anyone with information regarding the stabbing to call them at (626) 744-6477.