Police on Thursday released surveillance video of someone they described as a "person of interest" in a fatal stabbing outside a Wal-Mart in Santa Ana that happened last month.
Dennis Quan Tran, a 41-year-old man from Westminster, was found by the loading dock of a Wal-Mart located at 3600 West McFadden Avenue on Dec. 18 suffering from multiple stab wounds, according to a Santa Ana Police Department news release.
Tran was rushed to a local hospital for emergency surgery, but he died of his injuries.
Police obtained surveillance video from the store and used it to determine a person of interest in the case. However, they have been unable to identify the individual thus far, and have requested the public's help, the release stated.
A description of the person was not provided. He was seen in the footage walking with the victim about 90 minutes before Tran was discovered with stab wounds.
"We have additional video evidence that shows this person of interest walking to the loading dock area with our victim. And then they disappeared," said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
The loading dock was the same one where the victim was found.
"We think that if we can get this individual identified, then we can find out what their relationship was, and what this individual's involvement in the death of our victim is," Bertagna said. He added that the person was the department's "only lead" in the case at this point.
Anyone who recognizes the individual or has information about the fatal stabbing is urged to call Santa Ana homicide detectives by dialing 714-245-8390.
Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.