California man charged with stabbing man to death at restaurant

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2018

A 35-year-old California man was eating at a steakhouse with his wife and 5-year-old daughter when he became the victim of a "random attack" that tore the family apart, police say.

The suspect, Jamal Jackson, 49, walked up to Mele, whose daughter was sitting on his lap, and stabbed the victim in the neck.

The defendant, identified as Jamal Jackson, 49, has been charged with all the firstdegree murder at the death of Anthony Mele, according to an news re lease in your Ventura County District Attorney's off ice.

Jackson says patrons and a restaurant employee followed Jackson until he was arrested.

Police believe Mele's death is the first reported homicide in Ventura this year, Cmdr. He was removed from life support late Thursday night and he died of his injuries. He was scheduled to appear in court on April 27. The suspect and the victim did not know each other, and they did not interact before the fatal stabbing.

"It's disgusting", Simon said. "You don't think you are likely to be killed once you head out to supper at a wonderful restaurant by means of your loved ones and you also didn't conduct any such thing".

A man was stabbed in the neck while holding his young daughter on his lap while dining at a restaurant on the Ventura Promenade. If convicted, authorities said he could face a maximum sentence of 55 years to life in prison.

The attack occurred when Mele was living along with daughter along with his spouse at the Aloha steak house, the Ventura Police office claimed on Facebook. "You're not supposed to die that way".

Officers used security cameras to monitor Jackson's activities for some 20 minutes, until they could no longer see him, but they did not believe he looked disturbing or threatening, and so decided not to allocate resources to intervene, authorities said.

The manager of the Ventura restaurant said the victim's family called to thank the good Samaritans who rushed to help during the incident.

Relatives established Anthony Mele's GoFundMe page, hoping to garner $25,000 to help pay for his funeral expenses. At the time of writing this article, the page had raised more than $28,000 of their goal of $50,000. "Our hearts are severely broken for his daughter and family".

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