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California father holding his daughter stabbed to death by homeless man

Anthony Mele, shown here in an undated photo with his daughter, died in hospital after suffering a stab wound at the Aloha Steakhouse in Ventura, California on April 18, 2018. (File photo)

A California man has been stabbed to death by a homeless man while holding his daughter in his lap at a restaurant in the beach-front city of Ventura.

Announcing the murder of the 35-year-old -- identified as Anthony Mele -- in the west-coast US city, local police further said they have arrested 49-year-old Jamal Jackson and charged him for premeditated murder that occurred Wednesday night.

According to police authorities, Jackson walked into the city’s Aloha Steakhouse restaurant as Mele was eating dinner with his wife and his five-year-old daughter, who was sitting on his lap, and stabbed him in the neck.

Mele’s wife and daughter, however, were not hurt during the knife attack. No motive has yet been identified for the violent stabbing as investigation into the incident is still underway.

While authorities listed Jackson as a homeless man, they ordered him held in Ventura County jail in lieu of a $1.05 million bond.

Local news outlets further reported that police were called to the scene at 9:20 p.m. when Mele was transferred to a hospital, where he underwent surgery. However, hospital officials said the victim was removed from life support at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday and died from his wounds.

Jackson, meanwhile, was reportedly chased by a group of people at the crime scene and followed onto the nearby beach before police officers located and took him into custody.

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