Authorities Tuesday identified a transient who was killed in a four-on-one attack in the Plaza of the Flags area near the Orange County Superior Courthouse in Santa Ana.
The victim, 44-year-old Jesse Dean Dowell, frequented the Plaza of the Flags area, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
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An autopsy was completed Monday night, Bertagna said, and investigators were awaiting word on a cause of death determination. But it appears the victim may have been stabbed in a fight with four others, Bertagna said.
Police have not been able to determine what sparked the fight, which happened about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the civic center, which has become an encampment for the homeless, Bertagna said.
Anyone with information was asked to call investigators at (714) 245-8390.
–City News Service
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