A man suspected of fatally stabbing his wife and another man in what authorities called a domestic violence incident at a hotel parking lot in Palm Desert was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday.
Kenny Wu, 34, of Palm Desert, will be arrested for two counts of suspicion of murder upon his release from the hospital, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ben Ramirez said.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Palm Desert station responded at 6:55 a.m. Friday to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in a hotel parking lot in the 72300 block of Highway 111, Ramirez said.
In the parking lot, deputies found a man and a woman, who were pronounced dead at the scene within minutes of the deputies’ arrival, Ramirez said. Another man was found alive with blunt force trauma to his body and taken to a hospital.
A Desert Sun photographer at the scene reported seeing two bodies on the pavement in front of the hotel, just behind some barriers and a Chevrolet Malibu nearby with what appeared to be blood on the inside of the door.
Using video surveillance review, detectives determined the deaths and the assault to be a case of domestic violence, authorities said.
The dead woman was identified as Yaying Wu, 31, also of Palm Desert, the suspect’s wife. Police say the male victim is Jesus Sanchez, 30, of Cathedral City.
Sheriff’s officials declined to provide further details, including the nature of the relationship between the deceased man and woman.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Palm Desert sheriff’s station’s Investigation Bureau at 760-836-1600 or Investigator Munoz with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.