A man who confronted someone breaking into cars on a Rancho Penasquitos street was stabbed, San Diego Police confirmed Friday.
It was after 10 p.m. Thursday when the victim, a 39-year-old man, spotted the suspected car burglar on Socorro Street.
The resident chased the suspected burglar to the corner of Andorra Way and that’s where the suspect pulled out a folding knife and stabbed the resident in the side, police said.
Neighbor Yuki Hall was awakened by police officers knocking on her door.
"It scared me to death," Hall said.
The stabbing happened right in front of her home where she lives with her husband and her 8-year-old daughter.
Neighbor Nancy Hazzard said she other homeowners have been sharing information about recent thefts and other issues affecting the community.
"If you're going to be out lifting things off our cars, you need to be aware we're watching and we're going to do whatever it takes," she said.
Some homeowners have reported package thefts, she said.
A suspect was taken into custody but not identified by police.
The victim was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, police said.
Hazzard said thieves should be aware the Neighborhood Watch is in effect and residents are on alert.
"It's time that the people who are working hard and are doing the right thing be protected," Hazzard said.
"Get a job and go and make your own money and go buy your own things."