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.
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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