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Two women jailed in Sacramento tenant-landlord killing

Blood dots the sidewalk and police tape hangs from trees outside a house where police say a man was stabbed to death Sunday in a tenant-landlord dispute.

Inside, neighbors said, nearly half a dozen women live with their children – many fleeing abusive relationships or bad situations and using the two-story home as a jumping off point in pursuit of new lives.

But on Tuesday, the women refused to answer the door at the south Sacramento home. They closed the windows, pulled the blinds shut.

“I think they’re scared,” neighbor Letise Cuellar said in Spanish. “It was terrible what happened.”

About 5 p.m. Sunday, in the 1800 block of Stevenson Avenue, police said, an argument between two men turned violent when one pulled a knife and stabbed the other.

The victim, said to be a 35-year-old tenant, was rushed to a hospital where he later died.

On Monday, Monica Njoku, 44, who owns the home, according to property records, and Taiish Immonique Simon, 38, were booked into Sacramento County jail on suspicion of homicide in the case. A man in his late 30s or early 40s, who police believe was injured in the fight, fled before Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies arrived.

The fight, neighbors said, happened inside the house.

The Sheriff’s Department declined to release more detail about the women’s involvement in the stabbing following their arrest Monday.

Call The Bee’s Marissa Lang at (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter at @Marissa_Jae.