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Confrontation at Santa Ana restaurant turns fatal, 2 sought

March 15, 2013 |  3:42 pm
Photo: A still of surveillance video taken at the restaurant. Credit: Santa Ana Police Department

Police are searching for two men believed to be involved in a recent fatal stabbing near a Mexican food restaurant in Santa Ana.

Irvine resident Paul Anthony Garcia was inside a restaurant in the 1900 block of South Main Street on  Saturday when two men entered the business, police said.

A confrontation ensued, prompting the manager to ask the men to take the disagreement outside, said Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

The two men stepped out of the restaurant and Garcia, 26, left shortly after that. Police said one of the men then chased Garcia into the parking lot of a tax business, where he was assaulted.

Police said they responded to a call of people fighting and found Garcia unconscious at South Main and Commercial streets with a stab wound to the chest.

“We believe the two suspects are from that neighborhood,” Bertagna said. “Our hope is somebody who knows them can come forward and help us identify them.”

Garcia was taken to Western Medical Center where he died.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Santa Ana Police Homicide Unit at (714) 245-8390. Anonymous tippers can call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.

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--Nicole Santa Cruz

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Photo: A still of surveillance video taken at the restaurant. Credit: Santa Ana Police Department

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