Man allegedly stabs roommate, sets house on fire

North Central neighbors may have heard about a recent fire on North Eldorado Street – here’s the story as reported by the Mercury News.

SAN MATEO — A 57-year-old man was arrested after reportedly stabbing one of his roommates, throwing a knife at another, and then trying set their house on fire Thursday evening, according to San Mateo police.

A 60-year-old resident of a home on North Eldorado Street called 911 around 7:40 p.m. to report that his roommate, identified as Keith Brian Love, threatened him with a knife and hit him in the face. The resident was outside the home when officers arrived and told them that Love tried to stab him and later threw the knife at him, police said.

While this was happening, Love reportedly poked his head outside the home and, upon spotting the officers, quickly retreated back inside and locked the front door, police said.

Police surrounded the home and were trying to coax Love into surrendering when they heard fire alarms and saw smoke and flames emanating from the house. That prompted officers to break through the front door, where they encountered a man holding a  knife.

But it was not Love; it was a second roommate who had apparently been stabbed by Love, police said. This roommate, also a 57-year-old man, complied with officers’ orders to drop the knife — which he said he grabbed from the kitchen to defend himself — and was taken out of the burning home. It is unclear whether the knife the second victim was holding inflicted his injuries.

As they searched the home for Love, officers discovered piles of clothes that had been set ablaze and saw Love apparently trying to barricade himself in a bedroom closet, police said. The officers grabbed Love and took him out of the home.

Soon after, San Mateo firefighters went into the home and put out the fires.

Before Thursday’s encounter, Lt. Matthew Earnshaw said police had prior contact with Love and the residence, but primarily for welfare checks.

The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital where was treated for smoke inhalation and stab wounds that are not considered life-threatening.

Love was also taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but afterward was booked into jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, arson, and obstructing or resisting a police officer. He is being held without bail.


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