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2 women fatally stabbed in West Carson; suspect arrested

January 30, 2012 |  7:23 am


This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.

A 31-year-old man was in custody Monday morning on suspicion of stabbing two women to death and injuring another man while barricading himself in a West Carson home, authorities said.

Virgil Tyrone Tate was arrested at the end of a two-hour standoff Sunday night when a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team entered a back room where he had barricaded himself, according to sheriff’s officials.

Tate was booked on a murder charge and was being held in lieu of $1 million.

Deputies responded to a call of a man with a knife who had stabbed a woman about 8:20 p.m. in the 21800 block of South Vermont Avenue. They arrived to find a man with multiple stab wounds leaving the location who said the suspect was still inside with two women, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

When deputies entered the home, they found a female victim on the floor and the suspect refusing to leave the back room. A SWAT team entered the barricaded room and arrested Tate without incident. Inside, a second woman was on the floor with multiple stab wounds.

Both women were pronounced dead at the scene. The third victim was taken to a hospital and was listed in stable condition, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The identities of the victims were not released.

Authorities did not say what the relationships were between the suspect and the victims but said all four lived in the West Carson home where the standoff occurred. The cause of the incident was under investigation.

[For the record, 9:43 a.m.: One instance in a previous version of this post referred to the home where the slayings occurred as being in Torrance. It is in West Carson.]


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