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Suspects arrested in fatal 7-11 stabbing

Christine Lee

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A fight between three people in front of the 7-11 on Main Street turned fatal Sunday morning, leaving one man dead. Photo credit: Christine Lee

Chico Police arrested two suspects in connection to a fatal stabbing incident in front of the 7-11 on Main Street early Sunday morning.

The victim, a 44-year-old white male, suffered several stab wounds to his upper body and head, according to police. He was pronounced dead at Enloe Medical Center.

Police responded to a fight outside the store around midnight and found the victim lying in the parking lot upon arrival, said Chico Police Captain Lori MacPhail.

“The suspects had fled,” MacPhail said. “One suspect was found in the area a few minutes later.”

Chico Police detained Stephanie Vogel less than one block away from the crime scene shortly after the incident. Witnesses identified her as being involved in the fight.

Around 8:00 a.m., police arrested Joshua Epstein near E. First and Mangrove avenues.

Both suspects are identified as local transients and are currently booked at the Butte County Jail in Oroville on an open account of murder, MacPhail said.

Information about the victim has not been released and police are still investigating the crime scene.

MacPhail said there were two to three witnesses at the crime scene but believe there are more.

“We’d really like anybody else in the area to come forward and speak to detectives,” she said.

David McVicker contributed to this report.

Christine Lee can be reached at: [email protected] or @leechris017 on Twitter.

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