Woman Kidnapped, Stabbed After Man Killed in Santa Ana; Suspect in Custody: Police

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A woman was kidnapped and stabbed after a man was killed in Santa Ana early Saturday morning, police said.

Teodoro Bernal Nunez, 38, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

Teodoro Bernal Nunez, 38, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

Officers responded to an initial call around 1:30 a.m. of an altercation in the 1200 block of South Oak Street and found an unconscious 27-year-old man lying on the front lawn of a home, according to a statement from the Santa Ana Police Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s name has not yet been released.

After the deadly stabbing, a witness told police a woman with the male victim had been forced into a vehicle and kidnapped, police Cmdr. Matt Brown said.

About an hour later, Brea Police Department personnel pulled over a vehicle matching a description of one sought in the abduction, according to the commander.

The driver, identified as 38-year-old Teodoro Bernal Nunez, was arrested, the news release said.

The kidnapping victim, 38, was discovered in the car with a severe stab wound. She was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive, according to Santa Ana police.

Nunez and the abducted woman “appear to have been in a previous dating relationship, but to what extent is still under investigation,” the statement said. A previously issued restraining order against Nunez, which remained active, forbid him from contacting the female victim, police said.

Nunez is expected to be booked on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment and violation of a court order, according to authorities.

KTLA’s Geoff Peters contributed to this story.