SJ Police Arrest Man After Stabbing

Stabbing victim in San Jose dies, SWAT team takes man into custody.

By Christie Smith and Lisa Fernandez
|  Friday, Apr 27, 2012  |  Updated 9:50 PM PDT
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San Jose police surround a home in the 200 block of  Cleveland Avenue after a man dies of a stab wound.

San Jose police surround a home in the 200 block of Cleveland Avenue after a man dies of a stab wound.

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The San Jose MERGE team took a man into custody late Friday morning, after a nine-hour standoff in the Rose Garden neighborhood following the stabbing death of a 51-year-old man.

The death marked the city's 10th homicide this year.

Police took the unidentified man, who had barricaded himself inside a home in the 200 block of Cleveland Avenue, into custody shortly before 11 a.m.

At 1:46 a.m., a 51-year-old man was found outside that same home, suffering from stab wounds, police said. That man later died at Valley Medical Center.

Shortly before that, someone from inside the Cleveland Avenue home called 911 about the stabbing.

When police arrived, Officer Jose Garcia said a man inside refused to come out or "cooperate with investigating officers." The man inside the home also claimed to have a firearm, but police don't know if that claim is true. It turned out that other people were inside the home, but they were not injured.

The motive for the stabbing and the relationship between the victim and the man arrested has not been disclosed.

NBC Bay Area was first on scene.

Contact Lisa Fernandez at 408-432-4758 or lisa.fernandez@nbcuni.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/ljfernandez.

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