Suspects Arrested In Labor Day Weekend Stabbing

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Two people have been arrested in connection to a deadly stabbing over the Labor Day weekend.

Officers were called to the scene in the 400 block of W. Central Saturday night. They found a man who had suffered multiple stab wounds to his stomach.

The victim, identified as 39-year-old Francisco Perez, was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Police said Perez and two men got into an argument prior to the stabbing.

Officer booked the suspects ages 25 and 27 into jail on second-degree murder charges. Jail records indicate Charles Gray and Zachary Contreras were booked into the Segdwick County Detention Center Saturday night.

UPDATE: Sunday, September 2, 2012

The loved ones of a man stabbed to death Saturday night at an apartment complex near the Arkansas River are searching for answers.

The victim's girlfriend tells us the threat of her boyfriend being attacked was one of her worst fears.
Police believe the attackers were homeless men.

On Sunday, Franciso Perez's girlfriend told us they've called the police before to report problems with the homeless outside the apartment but she never thought it would escalate to violence.

Donna Chrisman say Perez, her boyfriend of four years, was known by his friends and family as Tito.

“He had the loudest laugh and you could hear him a mile away and he would just give you the shirt off his back,” Chrisman said.

Chrisman says Perez was walking home with a friend. She started to worry because he wasn't home yet so she says she went outside to find him. Instead, she found a crowd of people surrounding him in the parking lot.

“Everybody was just in shock and nobody knew what to do,” Chrisman said.

Chrisman says Perez had been stabbed several times in the stomach and chest. She says he held on until they got to the hospital but died a few hours later.

“It was like we needed a miracle and we didn't get it this time,” Chrisman said.

Police say Perez and his friend were attacked by two homeless men. Chrisman says Perez had run into the men before at the liquor store where he worked.

An employee at the liquor store tells KAKE News they've had to kick one of the men out of the store before. Now a collection jar sits on the counter to help pay for Perez’s funeral.

Chrisman says she's trying to focus on the fact her loved one spent time with family on his last day.

“He got to see all of his family because there was a birthday party earlier that day and everybody got to see him before he went,” Chrisman said.

Police say the two men suspected of killing Perez, both in their 20s, have been booked into jail on murder charges. Their names have not been released.

UPDATE: Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Wichita man has died after being stabbed during a fight with a pair of homeless men near the Arkansas River.

Friends say Francisco Perez Jr., 39, and a friend were on their way home from a relative's house just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday night near the 400 block of West Central. They were walking alongside the river when they came up on two homeless men who were walking towards them.

The four men got into an argument and police say one homeless man stabbed Perez repeatedly in the stomach. The men threw his friend into the river but he was not seriously hurt.

The two victims made it back to the Riverpark Plaza apartment complex where Perez lived with his girlfriend before he collapsed in the parking lot. Perez was taken to a nearby hospital but died a few hours later from his injuries.

Officials say two homeless men, ages 25 and 27, were arrested and booked into jail on murder charges. Their names have not been released.

Perez was the father of two children. He worked at a nearby liquor store where friends say he often had to deny service to homeless men because they were intoxicated. They believe the suspects may have recognized Perez from the store.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A man is critical condition after police say he was found stabbed multiple times in downtown Wichita by the Arkansas River. It happened just after 8:30 p.m. near the Riverpark Plaza in the 400 block of West Central Avenue.

Officials say two men were walking together by the river when they were approached by two homeless men. There was a confrontation between the four men during which one of the homeless men repeatedly stabbed one of the walkers in the stomach.

The victims went back to the Riverpark Plaza apartment complex where they live to get help. The man who was stabbed collapsed in the parking lot. Passersby found the man and rendered aid while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. His name has not been released.

Police have not released detailed descriptions of the attackers. They ask anyone who sees two men who appear to be homeless near the river acting suspiciously to call 911.

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