Friday, January 23, 2015

Montclair man convicted in stabbing death

A Montclair man was convicted of second-degree murder Monday in the 2013 stabbing death of a 23-year-old Chino man. A San Bernardino County jury deliberated two-and-a-half days before finding 23-year-old Kyle Larrabee guilty of fatally stabbing Roberto Alejandro Hernandez during a fight.

According to Deputy District Attorney Reza Daghbandan, who prosecuted this case, the killing stemmed from a drug dispute where the victim, Roberto Hernandez, a Chino Sinner gang member, failed to deliver drugs to Larrabee after receiving $400 from him.

The next morning, they sent threatening text messages to each other, but ultimately decided to de-escalate their dispute and smoke some heroin together. Instead, a fist fight ensued and Larrabee pulled out a knife. Larrabee stabbed Hernandez several times, delivering a fatal stab to the chest which punctured the victim’s lung. Larrabee then fled. When police arrived, the critically injured Hernandez was able to tell them that “Kyle” had stabbed him over some money. He died a short time later en route to the hospital.

Police tracked Larrabee down, who claimed that Hernandez stabbed him first, showing them a wound in his arm. He later admitted that he had stabbed himself in the arm on purpose, and told his girlfriend to tell police that the victim stabbed him first. But during his interview he insisted that the victim had pulled out a blue knife first, which led to the defendant pulling out his knife. Police did find a closed, folded blue pocket knife in Hernandez’ pocket.

At trial, Larrabee testified and again stated that Hernandez threatened him with a blue knife. But the evidence showed that the blue knife was found in a closed position and that while it was covered in blood, the blade itself was dry. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 20, 2015 in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court. Larrabee faces 16 years to life in state prison.

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