Old friends shocked after arrest of 21-year-old ex-UC Davis student in connection to stabbings

ByKarina Nova and Tim Johns KGO logo
Friday, May 5, 2023
Friends react after ex-UC student arrested on suspicion of stabbings
Davis police have confirmed that 21-year-old Carlos Dominguez has been arrested in connection to all three stabbings, two of them deadly.

DAVIS, Calif. (KGO) -- Davis police confirmed Thursday that an arrest has been made in connection to all three stabbings that happened within a week, two of them deadly. In a press conference on Thursday police said that 21-year-old Carlos Dominguez of Davis was arrested for a series of stabbings that occurred near the UC Davis campus in the past week.

Authorities said Dominguez was a student at UC Davis until last week. Police say they are gathering other information on him now and a search warrant is being served right now at his home. Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said the suspect was caught in same park as one of the homicides and wearing same clothing witnesses described from the third attack. Pytel also said that Dominguez was in possession of a large knife.

Dominguez is being held at the Yolo County Jail in Woodland on suspicion of two counts of homicide and one count of attempted murder. Dominguez was a former Oakland resident, according to local media outlet Davis Enterprise.

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"This is remarkable," said Pytel, "and our community should be proud of everyone who stepped up. I do believe they, and all the law enforcement personnel, especially the members of the Davis Police Department, who were involved in this investigation along the way, may have saved more lives."

Police said that 15 callers called 911 Wednesday night, reporting seeing a person who matched the description of the suspect.

One caller followed the suspect and led officers to him. The suspect had a large knife in his backpack matching the one police were looking for. He was wearing the exact same clothing described by witnesses, following the third stabbing.

Dominguez agreed to go to the police station, where detectives interviewed him. Based on the interview, his clothing, and evidence on him, police say he was arrested first for possessing a large knife and then for murder.

Two people have been killed, starting with 50-year-old David Breaux, found dead with stab wounds last Thursday morning in Central Park.

The second, was 20-year-old UC Davis student Karim Abou Najm, fatally stabbed in Sycamore Park Saturday night, where a memorial of flowers and notes now sits in his honor.

And Monday night, a third victim, Kimberlee Guillory, was brutally stabbed through the tent she was living in near 2nd and L Street, which prompted a shelter-in-place alert.

As of Tuesday morning, police say she is still recovering in the hospital, in critical, but stable condition. The shelter-in-place alert has since been lifted.

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There was relief on Thursday after the arrest of the suspect.

"I'm hoping that this is the person, and that Davis can kind of be done with this," said Carter Carlson, who called in a tip on Dominguez.

Dominguez was a student at UC Davis from the fall of 2020 until last week as the university says he was "separated for academic reasons."

Before college, he lived in Oakland. Several people who knew him say they're shocked by news of his arrest.

ABC7 talked to Dominguez's old Castlemont High football coach on the phone.

"Out of all the people I have coached, I wouldn't have thought he would do something like that," said Coach James Barnes.

Barnes described Dominguez as being a quiet and intelligent kid who never caused any problems.

"He hasn't that aggressive of a football player and never had any anger issues or discipline issues on the field," Barnes said.

Others we spoke with didn't want to appear on camera, but told similar stories.

One saying that Dominguez was very outgoing and had a lot of friends.

They also said he came from a supportive family, who seemed to be involved in his life.

"They supported our sports program, helped fundraise, helped in the community, helped with our snack bar during game days, volunteered where needed," Barnes said.

UC Davis released a statement after the announcement of the arrest, stating that, "Dominguez was in his third year at UC Davis until April 25, 2023, when he was separated for academic reasons."

UC Davis' full statement can be read below:

UC Davis learned that the city of Davis police, UC Davis police and the FBI have identified and arrested a suspect in all three stabbing incidents. The person has been identified as Carlos Dominguez. Dominguez was in his third year at UC Davis until April 25, 2023, when he was separated for academic reasons.

We are partnering with law enforcement to provide access to any and all information as part of the investigation. We are providing support to any students who may have interacted with him. As we learn more and are able to provide updates that do not interfere with the ongoing investigation, we will do so.

We urge the community not to rush to conclusions or speculate until all facts are known. We are grateful for law enforcement's quick response and resolution during an extremely difficult period for the city and campus.

Stay with ABC7 News for the latest details on this developing story.

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