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A transient sought in connection with the stabbing death of a tow-truck driver responding to a AAA call in Pico Rivera was identified by homicide investigators Wednesday.

Tobias Ruben Cabrera is seen in a photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Tobias Ruben Cabrera is seen in a photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Tobias Ruben Cabrera, 39, fled on a bicycle after fatally stabbing the victim in the 8400 block of Buhman Avenue (map) just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

The victim, who had just helped a AAA member with an automobile related problem, was talking to the member in the street in front of her home when Cabrera rode up and stabbed him in the neck, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The victim, identified as Raymond Zabala, was providing battery service to the customer when he was killed, according to a statement from the Auto Club of Southern California.

Zabala worked for Petra Towing, a contract station for AAA, according to the statement.

When deputies arrived, they found the victim lying near the front door of a home and he was “bleeding profusely,” the release stated.

Detectives were investigating the scene of a stabbing in Pico Rivera. (Credit: KTLA)

Detectives were investigating the scene of a stabbing in Pico Rivera. (Credit: KTLA)

Zabala was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect, identified by authorities as a transient who frequents the Pico Rivera area, fled the scene in an unknown direction.

He was believed to still be in possession of the knife and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Cabrera was described as standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477).