Ukiah Police Department Lieutenant Andrew Phillips has confirmed that an argument in the Wells Fargo parking lot became violent this morning resulting in the stabbing death of one while another awaiting booking for murder.
Lieutenant Phillips told us that around 10:04 a.m., UPD officers were dispatched to the parking lot of 717 South State Street regarding reports of an argument between two people with one person holding a knife.
Upon arrival, UPD officers found one subject lying on the ground with apparent stab wounds to their abdomen.
The suspect, who Lieutenant Phillips identified as Leslie Adelman, was walking away from the scene while still holding the knife. Phillips said he resisted arrest when officers attempted to detain him.
The victim of the stabbing was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center and passed away in the emergency room.
Lieutenant Phillips said both the suspect and the victim are transients in the Ukiah area.
Adelman had yet to be booked in the Mendocino County Jail just hours after the incident.
On the scene of this morning’s stabbing, this reporter noticed a Toyota pickup full of items including knives, trinkets, smoking pipes, and random foodstuff. Lieutenant Phillips confirmed the vehicle on the scene belongs to the suspect.
This is the second homicide in Ukiah within the last week. The first of which resulted in the arrest of a 38-year-old man, Drew Price, in the death of 55-year-old Deborah Garner-Flicker, a woman reportedly killed in her apartment on Gobbi Street.