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Neighbor sought in Norwalk man's stabbing

January 31, 2012 |  7:17 am

A Norwalk man was in critical condition Tuesday as authorities continued to search for a neighbor who allegedly stabbed him.

The two men were arguing and later fighting in the front yard of a home in the 14700 block of Leibacher Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Monday when the victim was stabbed multiple times as witnesses looked on, said Lt. Bill Evans of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

The victim's wife ran to a neighbor's house to call authorities, and the suspect ran off when deputies arrived, Evans said.

The suspect, identified as Francisco Javier Franco, 32, described as 5-foot-9 and weighing about 175 pounds, was last seen wearing a gray shirt and white shorts. He fled on-foot, prompting a four-hour search with K-9 units.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Norwalk Sheriff's Station at (562) 863-8711. All tips can be made anonymously.

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