Transient convicted of second-degree murder for stabbing AAA contractor during service call

A 41-year-old man admitted in court Tuesday to fatally stabbing a AAA contractor who was helping a customer in Pico Rivera, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

Tobias Ruben Cabrera pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for fatally stabbing Raymond Anthony Zabala III in the neck in June 2015.

Zabala was helping a woman with her vehicle outside her home when Cabrera, a transient known to frequent the area, rode up on a bicycle. He stabbed Zabala and fled, authorities said. Zabala ran to a neighbor’s home for help but died before he was taken to the hospital.

Cabrera was arrested days later. He faces a minimum of 20 years to life in prison at his sentencing Jan. 31.

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