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Detectives not sure what sparked knife attack that left 2 dead

January 30, 2012 |  5:55 pm

Virgil Tyrone Tate allegedly killed his girlfriend and another woman, authorities saidHomicide detectives Monday evening were trying to determine what sparked a brutal knife attack that left two women dead and a man injured in West Carson.

Virgil Tyrone Tate, 33, allegedly killed his girlfriend and the other woman by stabbing them multiple times at the residence in the 21800 bock of South Vermont Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Both women were found on the floor of the home and pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, authorities said.

Authorities said Tate was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff Sunday night when a Sheriff’s Department SWAT team stormed into a back room where he had barricaded himself.

The department said in a statement that Tate was the boyfriend of one of the victims and that they lived together at the residence.

Tate was arrested on suspicion of murder and was being held at County Jail on Monday evening in lieu of $1-million bail, according to Sheriff's Department online booking records.

For information on homicides in the area, see The Times' Homicide Report database.


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Photo: Virgil Tyrone Tate. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department