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Murder on the Street

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Murder on the Street
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There are no suspects and no motive yet in the brutal stabbing of a Woodland Hills man in the middle of a quiet residential street.

Tuesday morning just before 6 am an early morning jogger found 41-year-old Camiar Sanayeh lying unconscious on the sidewalk in the 5100 block of San Feliciano near Martinez and called authorities.

At first emergency personnel thought that Sanayeh was the victim of a hit and run, but further investigation revealed that he had multiple stab wounds to his back. Police determined that he had been stabbed in the middle of the street and then made his way to the sidewalk and collapsed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to neighbors, Sanayeh lived with his mother and had mental health issues. They would see him wandering the neighborhood possibly on drugs and screaming profanities. “I know he wasn’t normal, but I’ve never seen him do anything,” Hector Donoso, a neighbor, told NBC News. 

Another neighbor said, “When I came here early this morning about 8 am, the backpack and hat were lying in the middle of the road, and I recognized that as his, and the officer asked me if I could identify him and I said, ‘No, I go the other way when I see him walking along San Feliciano.’”

The victim’s father, Mohammed Sania, told NBC that his son was addicted to drugs for years, and was probably out looking for a dealer when he was killed. He said that “he expected something like this to happen one day.”

There are constant reported problems with homeless and drug users at Topanga and Ventura Blvd. However, San Feliciano at Martinez is seven blocks south of Ventura and completely residential. Neighbors said they haven’t seen anything like this kind of violence in the area; the biggest problem they have faced to date is coyotes wandering the streets at all hours.

There were no witnesses to the crime and authorities are searching for surveillance cameras from neighbors. 

Anyone with information about the murder can call Detective Steve Castro at (818) 374-1925. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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