A 71-year-old Canoga Park man used a kitchen knife to fatally stab a 20-year-old Simi Valley man who broke into his house and attacked him with a card table Wednesday morning, Los Angeles police said.
The body of the dead man, whose name was being withheld pending notification of his relatives, was found in the garage of the home in the 21800 block of Gresham Street, Detective Russ Lyons said.
The home's owner, Neil Cronin, apparently stabbed the youth in self defense and was not arrested, Lyons said. However, the case will be submitted to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office for routine review, Lyons said.
According to police, Cronin and his wife, Margery, 74, were awakened at about 7 a.m. by their dog's barking and saw a man standing outside their bedroom door. The man immediately fled, Lyons said.