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A 21-year-old man who police said appeared to be homeless was in custody Tuesday in connection with a series of stabbings in Long Beach that left a woman dead and three men injured.

The first stabbing occurred about 5:35 a.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Atlantic Avenue, Brandon Fahey of the Long Beach Police Department told City News Service.

A woman with stab wounds to her upper body was taken to a hospital, where she died, Fahey said. Her name was withheld, pending notification of her relatives. She appeared to be in her 60s, police said.

About 6:25 a.m., officers were sent to the 700 block of Olive Avenue on a report of a stabbing. A man with stab wounds to his upper body was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

About 7:05 a.m., officers were sent Ocean Boulevard and Fourth Place on a report of a stabbing and found two men with stab wounds to their upper bodies. One victim was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and the other victim was treated at the scene.

Yohance Sharp was arrested at the Ocean Boulevard and Fourth Place scene and was in possession of a knife, police said. He was booked on one count of murder and his bail has been set at $2 million, according to jail records.

The motive for all attacks remains under investigation. However, detectives said they believe the stabbings were unprovoked and the suspect and victims did not know each other, police said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police homicide detectives at 562-570-7244, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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