No arrests expected in Covina stabbing

WEST COVINA — Officials said they had no plans Wednesday to seek charges against a man who fatally stabbed his step-father in a fight while reportedly trying to defend his mother, a cancer patient.
Mark Vansimaeys, 30, of West Covina was believed to be acting in defense of either his mother or himself when he fatally stabbed his step-father, 48-year-old Dean Franklin Ybarra, West Covina police Lt. Ron Mitchell said.
“It was a horrible altercation,” Mitchell said. Though the investigation remains ongoing, “At this point, we don’t plan to arrest (Vansimaeys),” Mitchell said.
Another man, a brother to Vansimaeys and step-son to Ybarra, was present at the home Monday, Mitchell said. What role he may have played in the incident remained under investigation.
The dead man, who was listed with coroner’s officials Wednesday as Dean Franklin, apparently died from “multiple stab wounds,” Ed Winter, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations, said. An autopsy had not yet been performed.
The stabbing was reported shortly before 7 p.m. Monday when someone called police to report domestic violence at a home in the 700 block of East Merced shared by a husband, wife and step-son, West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez said.
Both Vansimaeys and Ybarra were found injured inside the home, he said.

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