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Santa Monica Homeless Stabbing Suspect Arrested, Charged With Attempted Murder

Courtney Anthony Robinson, 37, is charged with attempted murder in the case of three homeless people who were stabbed as they slept.
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Courtney Anthony Robinson, 37, is charged with attempted murder in the case of three homeless people who were stabbed as they slept.

Posted Jul. 22, 2012, 2:02 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Los Angeles police on Friday arrested the man suspected of stabbing a 58-year-old homeless man in Santa Monica Tuesday morning who was sleeping on a bus bench in front of the Goodwill Store at 530 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Courtney Anthony Robinson, 38, is also suspected of stabbing two other Los Angeles-area homeless people in recent weeks.

He was arrested in a Hollywood fast food restaurant after he phoned police saying it was his face being distributed on flyers around the city.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the Santa Monica stabbing victim remains in critical, but stable condition. A passerby found the Santa Monica victim at 5:43 a.m. Tuesday and phoned police.

Lewis said the weapon -- a large knife -- was recovered.

Robinson, who has been charged with attempted murder and is being held on half-million dollars bail, allegedly left “death warrants” with the wounded victims.

LA police said Robinson also goes by David Ben Keyes, a name written on notes left at all three stabbing scenes that the writer called “death warrants.” Robinson admitted signing the notes, according to LA police.

The first stabbing occurred Tuesday, July 3 in downtown Los Angeles. The second was in Santa Monica as detailed above. The most recent was on Thursday, when a woman was stabbed in Hollywood.

All three victims were aged in their 50s and they all survived.

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