The city of Davis, California, was rocked by a horrific spate of stabbings near the University of California-Davis campus in March and April. But now, after an intense investigation, the safety of the community can be restored.
On May 4, the City of Davis Police Department arrested Carlos Dominguez, 21, in connection with the three stabbings, and he is now facing charges.
The first, on April 27th, was the death of David Breaux. A beloved community man, he was sadly stabbed in Central Park next to the University of California-Davis campus.
The second, two days later, was Karim Majdi Abou Najm, a UC-Davis senior who had only weeks left before graduating with a degree in computer science. He, too, was found with multiple fatal stab wounds in Sycamore Park.
The third was a woman who was attacked inside her tent on 2nd and L Streets and only survived after undergoing surgery at UC-Davis Medical Center.
Police served a search warrant at Dominguez’s shared home in Davis on May 4, finding “significant and related evidence” that implicated the suspect. With a series of tip calls to the police department linking him to the nearby Sycamore Park.
On May 4 he was charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of Breaux and Najm and one count of attempted murder for the woman’s stabbing.
UC-Davis officials report that Dominguez was a third-year student at the university until April 25, when he was “separated for academic reasons.” To honor Najm, the university has created a fund to financially support undergraduate students doing research.
At a news conference, Chief Darren Pytel gave the community a sense of relief when he confirmed that all three incidents are connected, and the suspect is allegedly the sole perpetrator.