A man was stabbed and robbed near a bus station in downtown San Diego early Tuesday morning after a suspect asked him for a cigarette, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said.
Investigators say that at around 3:50 a.m. the victim was walking near a Greyhound Bus station at 1300 National Avenue in downtown’s East Village when another man approached him, asking for a cigarette.
The victim told the man he did not have a cigarette and that’s when police say the encounter turned violent.
The suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the thigh. Then, using force, police say the suspect stole the victim’s black messenger bag and ran off eastbound on National Avenue.
Police say the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. No one else was injured.
The stabbing suspect is described as a thin man with brown hair, standing at approximately 5-foot-11. He was about 40 years old and appeared to be a transient, police confirmed. He wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans during the attack.
The investigation is ongoing.