Indio Man to Stand Trial for Murder, Attempted Murder in Thermal Stabbing of Two Men

News Staff

Thermal, CA

An Indio man accused of stabbing two men at a Thermal home, causing ultimately fatal injuries to one of them, must stand trial on murder and attempted murder charges, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Abel Arellano Jr., 24, is accused of stabbing the men after kicking the door down at a Thermal home in a search for his estranged girlfriend.

Arellano is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and domestic violence in the April 16 incident.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of an assault just before 5 a.m. that day in the 85400 block of Middleton Street, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Walter Mendez.

Deputies were told that two men who had been assaulted were taken to Indio’s John F. Kennedy Hospital by friends, where one of them died at 5:24 a.m. after medical intervention failed.

According to prosecutors, Arellano broke the door down to look for his girlfriend and slapped her once he found her inside the home.

An altercation then allegedly took place between Arellano and two men identified only as John and Jim Doe in a criminal complaint.

During the fight, Arellano allegedly stabbed both John and Jim Doe multiple times, with a stab wound to John Doe’s torso ultimately killing him.

Arellano then fled the scene and was identified as a person of interest by sheriff’s deputies, with his photograph circulated to the public. Arellano turned himself in at the sheriff’s Thermal station that night.

He is next due in court Dec. 29 for a post-preliminary hearing arraignment.

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