Yakima Police have identified the suspect in a fatal stabbing reported early Saturday at a duplex in the 1100 block of South 32nd Avenue. The man has been identified as 44-year-old Gilberto Guzman. He's being held in the Yakima County jail on a charge of second-degree murder.


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Yakima Police are investigating a fatal stabbing of a 42-year-old man reported on Saturday. Officers were called to the 1100 block of South 32nd Avenue at about 12:08 a.m. for a report of a fight between two men. Capt. Jay Seely says when officers arrived at the duplex they had to force their way inside. Once inside they found the stabbing victim identified as 42-year-old Gasper Villacana. He died at the scene from stab wounds.  Police immediately began a search for the suspect. Seely says at about that time a neighbor alerted police that a man was in her backyard in a nearby home. Police found the 44-year-old suspect in a backyard of the home and placed him under arrest. The man was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment of cuts but reportedly started fighting with hospital staff so police say he was sedated. The man was expected to be booked into the Yakima County jail on a charge of second-degree murder.
An autopsy on the body of the victim, 42-year-old Gasper Villacana is expected to happen on Tuesday. The autopsy will tell police how the victim died and may help prosecutors in their case.

There's no word on what lead to the stabbing other than the two men were fighting in the duplex before police arrived. The name of the victim has not been identified. No other people were injured in the fatal fight.
The investigation continues Today with officers from the Yakima Police Department Major Crime and Special Assault Units working the case.

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