Suspected Serial Stabber Arressted in Nickerson Gardens

A "serial stabber", suspected in at least two killings and three non-fatal knife attacks in Watts this year, was arrested over the weekend in Nickerson Gardens.

Among the victims is said to be Samuel Lee Benton, Jr., known here as the "I'm Blessed Man", who was stabbed to death February 14 across the street from the Nickersons.

Early Saturday morning, an Asian man, about 30 years-old, was fatally stabbed on Imperial Highway near the gates of the projects and across the street from Hawkins House of Burgers. The man was described by Watts residents as a "homeless, Asian smoker", (Around here, a "smoker" is a crack smoker.)    

The arrested man, who went by the moniker "OB", is fairly well-known in Nickerson Gardens and, according to several residents, seemed to have "lost it" about five years ago. He, too,  is about 30 years old, they said. 

"He was born in the projects, raised in the projects and went mad in the projects," said a Watts man who knows the suspect's family and spoke on the condition of anonymity. 

A family member of Samuel  Benton, who also did not want to be identified, said he was glad to hear of the arrest.

"Even if they don't convict him of Sam's murder, then I hope they get him on one of the other ones."  

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Here is the original story on the death of the "I'm Blessed Man"

http://krikorianwrites.com/blog/2014/2/15/the-ignominious-death-of-the-im-blessed-man-in-watts

Here's a report on the funeral of the "I'm Blessed Man"

http://krikorianwrites.com/blog/2014/2/20/sam-he-was-like-an-uncle-to-us

 Samuel Benton, the "I'm Blessed Man"   A suspect in his stabbing death was arrested over the weekend

Samuel Benton, the "I'm Blessed Man"   A suspect in his stabbing death was arrested over the weekend