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2 arrested in death of man found stabbed on California road

January 1, 2020 GMT

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — A man and his girlfriend were arrested on suspicion of killing a 62-year-old man found stabbed on a Southern California street and investigators say the motive for the attack was robbery.

Officers responding to calls Dec. 9 found the victim bleeding from a single stab wound to his upper body on Prospect Avenue in Tustin.

David Nakaki was treated by paramedics and rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Miguel Orellana of Anaheim and Erika Pineda of Santa Ana were arrested last weekend after detectives were able to place their car at the scene, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday. It wasn’t known if they have attorneys.

Though officials would not give more details about how detectives found the pair, police Lt. Andy Birozy said DNA evidence and witnesses statements were used to make the arrests in the “heinous and senseless crime.”

Orellana, 19, was charged with felony murder with enhancements for using a deadly weapon and special circumstances of it also being a robbery. Pineda, 25, was charged with felony counts of conspiring to commit a crime and being an accessory after the fact.

Authorities would not say what was stolen from Nakaki.