SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) – The acting Sacramento County Executive has confirmed that a county code inspector was stabbed in an attack last week.
Witnesses said the suspect was a clerk in a restaurant the inspector visited minutes before the attack.
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Police said the attack took place in broad daylight last Thursday (Jan. 14) in the parking lot of a mall on Fulton Avenue.
Witnesses told CBS13 that the code inspector identified as Dennis Catanyag was in his car. The attacker approached him by opening the passenger door and pushing inside.
MEPs arrested 38-year-old Mohammad Anwaribrah Musallam. He is accused of attacking two people with a knife.
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Witnesses said Musallam worked in a restaurant that had just received a temporary inspection from Catanyag. CBS13 spoke to the owner there who was unwilling to conduct an interview but said when he tried to stop Mussallam and was stabbed himself to death.
Neighboring companies locked their doors for security reasons, saying Mussallam broke for no reason.
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District officials said Catanyag had been with the Environment Health Department for 15 years and “he was an exemplary employee dedicated to his family and career. He was passionate about public service and the health and safety of the people in the community. “
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The police are still investigating a possible motive for this attack. The suspect was arrested for murder.
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