Deadly Stabbing Adds to Violent Weekend in Hayward

Five of Hayward's homicides have occurred in the past week and a half

A violent and deadly weekend has left many neighbors in Hayward concerned and anxious for the crimes to stop.

Police are investigating the East Bay city's eight homicide of the year after a man was stabbed to death around 7 p.m. Sunday. Five of Hayward's homicides have occurred in the past week and a half.

"It really scares me sometimes," resident Victor Freitas said. "After I heard (about it), it really shocked me. It really touched me."

Freitas said he has known the stabbing victim for years and vows to keep an eye out for the getaway car that is described as a white vehicle.

"It takes more than police, it takes neighbors keeping an eye on stuff," Freitas said.

The stabbing on Cottonwood Avenue comes a day after two cops were hurt in an officer-involved shooting just five miles away.

Investigators said the driver of a black, stolen Mercedes hurt two officers when he rammed into several cop cars while he was trying to get away.

One suspecct was shot by police and taken to the hospital in critical condition. The other suspect was arrested on scene.

The injured officers are expected to recover.

Earlier this month, an 18-year-old man was found shot to death in a car near the corner of Gading and Harder roads. No arrests have been made in that case.

And just a few hours before that killing, a man was found shot to death in his home.  A woman has been arrested in that crime.

Hayward police said they do not believe any of the crimes are linked, but are not ruling anything out. An investigation is ongoing.

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