A 24-year-old Corona resident was arrested on suspicion of murder Monday in two stabbings that left one man dead and had the surviving victim describing his attacker as a "complete stranger."
Jesus Gonzalez Gutierrez was booked on suspicion of murder and assault with a deadly weapon in the late Sunday attacks in the parking lot of Rack's Billiards & Bourbon in the 1600 block of East Sixth Street, according to a Corona Police Department news release.
Gutierrez allegedly fatally stabbed one man -- identified as 67-year-old John Fuller III of Sun Valley -- and injured another man. A knife that was believed to have been used in the stabbings was found at the crime scene, police said.
After being called to the scene about 11:23 p.m. Sunday, police found one man with stab wounds that were not life threatening, and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
"A short time later," the second victim was found in the parking lot and determined to have been fatally stabbed, police stated. It was initially unknown if the stabbings were related.
The surviving victim, Alec Arellano, was released from the hospital Monday morning and returned to the parking lot to retrieve his vehicle. He told KTLA he was alone in the parking lot when the attacker sat down next to him.
Feeling awkward about the man being so close, Arellano moved to walk to his vehicle.
"Right as I shut my door, turn around, he stabbed me in the chest," Arrelano said. "Complete stranger. It was all random.”
Arellano also said he did not think he knew the victim who died.
Detectives said Gutierrez was in the sports bar before the stabbings, then left, returned, and attacked the men. A witness chased the attacker but lost sight of him.
A police helicopter and K-9 helped find Gutierrez hiding in dense brush near South Promenade Avenue and Melissa Court, police said.
He was being held on $1 million bail.
The incidents occurred in the parking lot that the bar shares with a neighboring strip club. The bar, formerly called Angel's, was featured in 2011 in the Spike TV makeover show "Bar Rescue," the Los Angeles Times reported.
Anyone with information was asked to call Senior Detective Dan Bloomfield at 951-817-5767.