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Cypress Youth Stabbed 11 Times; 2 Suspects Surrender

A 17-year-old boy was stabbed 11 times and left inside his family’s garage by two men, one of whom the victim identified as a longtime neighborhood friend, police said Saturday.

Police said they found Arthur Daniel Smith at 2:05 a.m. Saturday in the garage, which is in the 10300 block of Aurelia Avenue. He was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he was reported to be in stable condition late Saturday.

Before being taken to the hospital, Smith said he had been attacked by Joe Angel Briseno Jr., 18, of Cypress, who reportedly fled after the assault, police Lt. John Schaefer said.

Schaefer said Briseno surrendered to police about 10 a.m. The second suspect, John David Thornton, 19, of Buena Park called police a short time later to surrender. Schaefer said both men were being held without bail on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Police said they did not know what events led to the stabbing, which left Smith with multiple upper-body wounds.

“This is a brutal crime,” Schaefer said. “Average people would have to think that something major must have happened to cause this. That’s what we trying to figure out.”


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