44-Year-Old Homeless Man Charged in Fatal Stabbing in Long Beach

LONG BEACH (CNS) - A murder charge was filed today against a 44-year-old homeless man accused in the stabbing death of a fellow transient last October in Long Beach.

Charles Ray Jones is accused of killing of 41-year-old Nilton Cardoso, who was attacked in the area of Ocean Boulevard and The Promenade North at about 8:50 p.m. Oct. 6, according to Long Beach police.

Officers arrived at the scene and found Cardoso being treated by paramedics for multiple stab wounds to his chest. Cardoso died at a hospital.

Detectives uncovered evidence linking Jones to the stabbing, according to an LBPD statement. The investigation also revealed that Jones and Cardoso knew each other, and the stabbing may have stemmed from a dispute, police said.

LBPD detectives arrested Jones in the 100 block of The Promenade North last Thursday, and he is being held on $2 million bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, according to jail records.

The investigation remains active, with Long Beach police saying they are trying to determine whether other people were involved in the attack.

Anyone with more information was urged to call LBPD Homicide Detectives Mark Mattia or Juan Carlos Reyes at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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