PALMDALE – Detectives arrested a second suspect Thursday in connection with the stabbing death of a Palmdale man in an apartment complex parking lot last week.
Jonathan Duke, 23, of Palmdale was arrested around 12:40 p.m. Thursday, according to Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Holly Francisco.
“He was booked at Palmdale Station for murder with no bail,” Francisco said.
Duke is one of two men accused of stabbing and killing 26-year-old Victor Miguel Enriquez on Oct. 17. Around 11:14 p.m., 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 was pronounced dead at the scene around 11:31 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
Two days after the incident, 36-year-old Alfred Crowder of Palmdale was arrested. Crowder was charged with murder this past Tuesday, and his case was postponed until Nov. 6 for arraignment.
Detectives believe that Duke and Crowder are the only two suspects involved in the stabbing, Francisco said Thursday.
“We knew there were two suspects, but after the first guy got arrested, we didn’t want to jeopardize the investigation and say that this guy (Duke) was still outstanding,” Francisco said, adding that detectives didn’t want Duke to flee the area.
Detectives are not releasing any potential motives for the stabbing, because they do not want to jeopardize the investigation, Francisco said.
“We’re still trying to figure out the connection between the victim and the suspects,” she added.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. If you like to remain anonymous, you may do so by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.