San Diego police are searching for two suspects accused of stabbing two men at a park near Old Town San Diego State Historic Park following an argument over cigarettes.
According to police, the knife attack – now being investigated as an attempted homicide – happened on Mar. 10 outside the Presidio Park Recreation Center located at 2811 Jackson Street.
At around 2:45 p.m., two victims were sitting on a park bench when two unknown men approached them, demanding cigarettes. The victims said they didn’t have any cigarettes.
Soon after that, things turned violent.
Police said the first suspect then allegedly stabbed one of the victims four times.
Meanwhile, the second suspect stole the other victim’s wallet. That victim, a 69-year-old man, was then stabbed once in the abdomen.
Police said the suspects then fled on foot through the Presidio golf course toward Juan Street. They may have possibly ran through Old Town State Historic Park towards the Old Town Trolley station.
On Wednesday, officials said one of the stabbing victims was still hospitalized in critical condition from wounds sustained in the stabbing. That victim has undergone multiple surgeries since the alleged attack.
The names of the victims were not released.
Ten days after the incident, the stabbing suspects remain at large.
Police said the suspects are described as two Hispanic males between 18 and 25 years old. They’re both 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 with thin builds, short hair and no facial hair.
One suspect was wearing tan pants, a tan shirt and a tan or brown hat during the stabbing. The other was wearing black pants and dark blue of black T-shirt. Neither suspect spoke with a discernible accent, according to investigators.
The attempted homicide case remains under investigation. Witnesses or anyone with information on this case should contact the San Diego Police Department Western Division Detectives at (619) 692-4800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.