PALMDALE – A 36-year-old man has been arrested for stabbing a man to death in an apartment complex parking lot in east Palmdale late Wednesday night (Oct. 17).
Alfred Crowder of Palmdale was arrested on suspicion of murder, Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Holly Francisco said Sunday.
Crowder was arrested around 4 p.m. Friday and booked at 8:05 p.m. at the Palmdale Station, according to LASD inmate records.
Francisco said detectives could not release any information regarding a possible motive for the stabbing, or whether or not there was more than one person involved, because they did not want to jeopardize the ongoing investigation.
“At this time we don’t know the relationship between the victim and the suspect,” Francisco said. “The investigators are still interviewing people and we can’t release a whole lot of the information because of investigative reasons.”
Around 11:14 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, Victor Miguel Enriquez was found on the ground with multiple stab wounds to the torso in the parking lot of the Sonoma Apartment Homes in the 38500 Block of 11th Street East, officials said.
Enriquez, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene around 11:31 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
“I just can’t believe people would take my son like that, just brutally kill him like he was a piece of meat!” said Enriquez’ mother, Michelle Thomas.
Thomas said her son had been living with her in Bakersfield, but had recently moved back to Palmdale.
“I begged him not to come back here, and he came anyway because he wanted to be with his kids,” Thomas said through tears. “He came back to death!”
Sylvia Enriquez said she was still in shock over her little brother’s murder.
“He was a loving and caring person; he loved his kids first and foremost…” Enriquez said. “My brother did not deserve to be killed, he was murdered. I want everybody to know that he was a very kind and gentle person, despite what everyone may think of him.”
Enriquez leaves behind three children – an 8-year-old, a 5-year-old and a 7-month-old – family members said.
Updated 10/24/12: Alfred Crowder has been charged with murder in connection with the stabbing death of Victor Enriquez, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Crowder appeared in court Tuesday, but did not enter a plea. His arraignment was postponed until Nov. 6, and he was ordered back to custody on $1 million bail.