Police have arrested a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend multiple times during a struggle at a 7-Eleven store in Chula Vista.
The Chula Vista Police Department says suspect Rafael Gonzalez De Lipa, 58, has been booked into jail and charged with attempted murder in connection with an alleged assault against his girlfriend.
On Monday, at around 8:20 p.m., police were called to a 7-Eleven store located at 290 I Street to investigate reports of a man – now identified as De Lipa -- beating a woman.
A witness told investigators that the couple had entered the store together.
Shortly after the couple was inside, the witness heard a scream and allegedly saw De Lipa and the woman struggling on the ground. During their fight, the witness said he saw De Lipa repeatedly stab the woman.
When officers arrived at the scene, the woman ran from the store, followed closely by De Lipa. The victim had blood on her face and body.
De Lipa – later determined by police to be the victim’s boyfriend -- was detained by officers, while his girlfriend was taken to UCSD Medical Center with serious injuries.
Ultimately, De Lipa was arrested for attempted murder, Chula Vista Police Department Capt. Gary Wedge said on Wednesday. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Thursday in the South Bay. The victim’s current condition is unknown.