OAKLAND – Police arrested an unemployed man found covered with blood on suspicion of fatally stabbing his neighbor shortly after midnight on June 16, following a heated argument in a crime ridden East Oakland neighborhood.
The suspect, 43-year-old Antwan Robinson and the man who died, 39-year-old Alexander Hayes, knew each other and lived across the street from each other on the 7700 block of MacArthur Boulevard.
A police investigation indicates witnesses intervened to stop an argument between the two men about a quarter of a mile away on the 2700 block of 78th Avenue. The suspect left the area but returned shortly afterwards with a knife, and began stabbing the victim repeatedly, even while the victim was lying on the sidewalk, according to witnesses, police said.
Despite having multiple stab wounds the victim attempted to stagger away, but he collapsed as he desperately tried to return to his home. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.
When officers arrived on the scene they found Robinson had parts of his body stained with blood, including his arms and hands. Witnesses positively identified Robinson as the assailant.
Police said that Robinson admitted that he stabbed the victim. The knife suspected of being used in the killing was recovered by investigating officers.
Robinson was arrested at 2 a.m., charged with murder and use of a deadly or dangerous weapon. He’s being held at Santa Rita Jail, ineligible for release on bail.
A plea hearing is scheduled for July 6 at the Rene C. Davidson Alameda County Courthouse.