Police offer details on stabbing death next to Arkansas River

Police have identified the man who was fatally wounded in a dispute with two homeless men next to the Arkansas River on Saturday night.

Francisco J. “Tito” Perez, 39, died at a local hospital early Sunday morning, hours after he was stabbed several times during a quarrel, Lt. Randy Reynolds said.

Perez, who lived at the apartments at 400 W. Central, confronted the two suspects just after 8:30 p.m.

“It happened along the bike path that runs along the river,” Reynolds said. “There’s some docks there that overlook the water.”

A police report states Perez was stabbed once in the lower abdomen, seven times in the upper left abdominal area and once in the chest beneath the right nipple. He was found in the parking lot and taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where he was pronounced dead at 2:14 a.m. Sunday. Reynolds said two homeless men, ages 27 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Perez was acquainted with the \suspects, Reynolds said. It’s not clear yet what led to the argument that preceded the stabbing, he said.

So far, Reynolds said, the reason for the dispute varies “depending on who you’re talking to.”

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