Man arrested after allegedly stabbing girlfriend's friend

A 22-year-old Burbank man was arrested Monday night after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend's friend hours after pushing his girlfriend to the ground during a fight, police said.

Around 11:10 p.m., police were called to the 1600 block of North Pepper Street, where the suspect, John Benne, allegedly stabbed a 23-year-old man multiple times on his torso and arm, said Burbank Police Sgt. Claudio Losacco.


Earlier in the day, Benne had reportedly pushed his girlfriend to the ground during a fight, so the woman brought her friend that evening to the suspect's home, where she planned to take him belongings and talk.

The two men, however, got into a fight in the street, leaving the victim with several stab wounds.


Officers found the victim "bleeding profusely" before paramedics took him to the hospital, where he had surgery.

According to police, he remains in serious but stable condition and is expected to survive.

Near the scene, police reportedly recovered a large, bloody Bowie-style knife.

After he was medically cleared for cuts sustained during the fight, Benne was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He also had two outstanding misdemeanor theft warrants for his arrest.


Benne is being held in lieu of more than $1 million bail and is due in court this week.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Burbank Police Det. Henry Garay at (818) 238-3264.


Alene Tchekmedyian,

Twitter: @atchek