Police: Man killed in stabbing after knocking on ‘random door’ in search of family member

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A 21-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder after a 33-year-old man was killed in a stabbing Tuesday night.

Escondido police got a call just before 9:30 p.m. about the stabbing in the 1300 block of Magnolia Avenue. They found Juan Reynoso, a 33-year-old Escondido resident, badly hurt. He was taken to Palomar Medical Center, where he died.

Witnesses told police that Reynoso knocked on a random door while looking for a family member, who he believed lived somewhere in the area. A man answered the door and spoke to Reynoso, which led to a fight, according to police.

“Reynoso appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and was acting disorderly in the front yard,” police said in an afternoon news release. “A fistfight ensued. Luis Ledesma, a 21-year-old Escondido resident, saw his brother in a fight with an unknown person. Ledesma retrieved a knife, went outside, and stabbed Reynoso in the chest.”

Escondido police say Ledesma was arrested on suspicion of murder. The investigation was ongoing and anyone with information about the stabbing was asked to contact Detective Ross Umstot at rumstot@escondido.org or 760-839-4463.

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