California Man Fatally Stabbed while Dining with his Daughter on his Lap

By: MICHELLE SEE

Staff Writer

 

Anthony Mele was dining at a steakhouse in Southern California with his daughter on his lap when a homeless man allegedly stabbed him in the neck. Jamal Jackson, 49 years old, was arrested shortly after attacking and stabbing Anthony Mele. Jamal has been charged with premeditated first degree murder. Mele died the next day, but his daughter was not injured. “The two men did not know each other,” the Ventura Police Department said.

 

Hours before the attack, a bystander at the steakhouse called 911 to report Jackson for “yelling” and other disruptive behavior. About three hours later, before Jackson was walking away from the restaurant’s security camera, the authorities determined he was not a threat. Jackson then stabbed Mele in the neck while he was dining with his daughter in his lap, which was at a beachside restaurant across the promenade where Jackson was spotted. Mele went into surgery, but was removed from life support on Thursday, April 19. “Jackson was arrested after a group of bystanders chased him to the beach, he was initially charged with attempted murder and child endangerment,” Ventura police said. “A motive is unclear,” a police said. If convicted, he faces up to 55 years of prison, but information on his attorney was not available.  

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