Second Arrest Made in Connection With Stabbing Near Simi Valley Mosque

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Another man was arrested in connection with a stabbing that occurred near a Simi Valley Mosque over the weekend, officials said Thursday.

Marco De La Cruz is seen in a photo released by the Simi Valley Police Department on Dec. 15, 2016.

Marco De La Cruz is seen in a photo released by the Simi Valley Police Department on Dec. 15, 2016.

The incident was reported about 11:15 p.m. Saturday in a shopping center parking lot adjacent to a mosque along the 1800 block of Erringer Road.

Responding officers broke up a fight and the stabbing victim was taken to a hospital.

Two men allegedly involved in the incident ran away, but John Matteson, 29, was found and arrested, police said. He had sustained injuries during the fight and was taken to a hospital.

Matteson was eventually booked into Ventura County jail on suspicion of making criminal threats, performing a felony violation of civil rights and disturbing the peace, the Los Angeles Times reported. He has been released from custody, records show.

A second suspect, Marco De La Cruz, 26, was identified and arrested Thursday, police said.

De La Cruz is a known gang member with an extensive criminal history, including weapons charges, police said. De La Cruz and Matteson were apparently neighbors.

The second suspect was booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, civil rights violation and a parole violation, police said.

No further information has been released about the victim or what led up to the incident.