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Long Beach Police detectives connect October 17 murder suspect to additional incidents

On Oct. 17, 2022, Yohance Sharp was arrested for his involvement in multiple stabbing incidents, including the murder of 62-year-old Tina Hook of Long Beach.

Following Sharp’s arrest, detectives expanded the scope of their investigation by searching for additional incidents that occurred under similar circumstances. Through their investigation, detectives discovered evidence indicating Sharp was responsible for the following two incidents on October 15th:

  1. A man was threatened with a knife at 7:58 p.m., near the 600 block of East Anaheim Street.
  2. A non-fatal stabbing of a woman at 10:15 p.m. near the 700 block of East Anaheim Street.

Detectives will present the case against Sharp regarding the second additional incident to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LACDA) later this week for filing consideration; however, the LACDA has already filed the following charges against Sharp for all other incidents:

  • 1 count of murder
  • 5 counts of attempted murder
  • 1 count of assault with a deadly weapon
  • 1 count of resisting, delaying, or obstructing arrest

Detectives are seeking the public’s help in determining if there are additional victims and encourage anyone with information to contact Homicide Detectives Donald Collier and Leticia Gamboa at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple App Store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Original release published on October 17, 2022

On Oct. 17, 2022, at approximately 5:35 a.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of Atlantic Avenue for a report of a stabbing that turned deadly. When officers arrived, they found a woman suffering from stab wounds to the upper body. The Long Beach Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital where she died.

Homicide detectives responded to the scene to investigate and discovered the victim was standing in the area when she was approached and stabbed by a man who left the scene on foot before officers arrived.

Later in the morning, officers responded to the following locations regarding non-fatal stabbing incidents involving similar circumstances:

The 700 block of Olive Avenue at approximately 6:25 a.m. where a man was stabbed
Ocean Boulevard and 4th Place at approximately 7:05 a.m. where two men were stabbed

All victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries to the upper body.

As officers arrived at Ocean Boulevard and 4th Place, they found a man with a knife and arrested him at the scene. Detectives later discovered evidence indicating the suspect was responsible for the earlier homicide.

The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Yohance Sharp of Long Beach who was booked for one count of murder. His bail was set at $2,000,000. The motive for all attacks remains under investigation. However, detectives believe the stabbings were unprovoked and the suspect and victims did not know each other. The suspect, Yohance Sharp, is believed to be responsible for all three attacks.

The investigation is ongoing. As with all homicide investigations, this case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.

The identity of the victim and notification to next of kin will be conducted by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner–Coroner’s Office. The unidentified victim appears to be a woman in her ­­­­­60’s. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Homicide Detectives Donald Collier and Leticia Gamboa at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), or downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

The article above was released by the Long Beach Police Department.