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North Sacramento stabbing victim identified

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has identified a man fatally stabbed early Monday in North Sacramento as Karl Keith Curtis, 59, of Sacramento.

Officers arrived at Dixieanne Avenue and Empress Street at 5:30 a.m. Monday to find the victim bleeding from stabbing wounds, Sacramento police Officer Eddie Macaulay said. After officers attempted to perform CPR, the victim was driven to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Before dying, the victim directed police to another location, where they arrested a person of interest. The victim and suspect seemed to know each other, Macaulay said, and police are considering the altercation an isolated incident. No further information about the suspect has been released as of Thursday morning.

“The preliminary investigation shows that this was an argument between two individuals, and then it escalated into a physical altercation,” Macauley said.

One neighbor said crime in the area is a concern.

Al Lee, 68, was walking Molly, his poodle mix, on Monday morning when he stopped to take in the crime scene. Lee moved a year and a half ago to a new housing development east of the corner where the stabbing occurred, he said, and generally avoided walking through the closed-off neighborhood.

Lee said it was the first stabbing he’s heard about in the neighborhood since moving from Sonoma County, though he has been awakened by gunshots before. When he asked his neighbors about past shootings, he said, he was met with shrugs.

“When I go and ask people what they think (of the violence), they say, ‘Well, it happens,’ ” Lee said. “I didn’t know it was so bad here. We probably wouldn’t have moved here if we knew.”

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel