There is sad news out of Avenal, California, after a truck driver was killed while giving a hitchhiker a ride Saturday morning. Police were called to the EZ Trip truck stop at Exit 319 off the I-5 freeway.
There first responders found the unnamed truck driver; he had been stabbed multiple times. Unfortunately, the driver passed away. His name will not be released until his family is notified.
Isaiah Harley, 21, is the subject being charged with the stabbing. He is being held by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in connection to other crimes.
According to officials, the suspect is connected to a carjacking in Oakland where he drove the vehicle to Bakersfield. Later, the vehicle was abandoned and a robbery was reported nearby. That victim says they were carjacked by the same suspect and stabbed. They were taken to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery, but are expected to recover.
The suspect crashed the second vehicle and started walking along the I-5 south of Fresno County near Lassen where the good Samaritan truck driver picked him up.
Anyone with information about this incident or others that may still be unknown, but connected, are to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Juan Galindo, at 559-600-8215.