Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Arrest Made in Fatal Stabbing Death of Woman Found in Park

Photo by Nata-Lia via Shutterstock
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood Area Homicide detectives made an arrest Tuesday afternoon in the stabbing death of a woman whose body was discovered in a valley park earlier that morning.The victim, 32-year-old Patrina Sabella of Rosamond, was discovered at about 2:20 a.m. at the baseball field at South Weddington Park. Initially authorities suspected the victim was a transient. Sabella had suffered multiple stab wounds, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives used information gathered via "an exhaustive investigation of the crime scene, community input, and witness statements," explains the LAPD. That information led them to neighboring Burbank, where they arrested 26-year-old Stephen Joanou Jr. for Sabella's murder.

Joanou was booked in the LAPD Valley Jail and is being held on $1 million bail.

The exact cause and manner of Sabella's death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Support for LAist comes from

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the LAPD North Hollywood Homicide Detectives at 818-623-4075.