Mesa police looking for suspect in fatal stabbing

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MESA, Ariz. - Mesa police are looking for a suspect in the stabbing death of a man Wednesday evening.

Officers responded to a stabbing call near Country Club Drive and Southern Avenue at approximately 7 p.m. Officers found the 21-year-old victim bleeding heavily from his chest.

A friend of the victim told police they were walking near the parking lot of the apartment complex at 1362 S. Vineyard when the unknown suspect ran out and stabbed the victim several times.

The suspect and victim then began a physical fight.

Police believe the victim attempted to run but collapsed a short distance from the crime scene.

The victim was transported to the hospital where he died a short time later from his injuries.

The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of police.

He is described as a black male in his early 20s, approximately 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with short buzzed hair. He was last seen wearing a tan or gray sweatshirt.

Mesa homicide detectives continue to investigate.