San Diego

1 Stabbed to Death in Southcrest, Block from Elementary School: PD

Police have made an arrest in the fatal stabbing

San Diego police have arrested a man accused of stabbing a homeless man to death San Diego's Southcrest neighborhood, just a block from a local elementary school, San Diego police said. 

The stabbing happened at a homeless encampment near the 3400 block of Newton Avenue, located right below where Interstate 15 meets Interstate 5. The location is a block from Emerson/Bandini Elementary School and several blocks from a Chevron, O'Reilly Auto Parts and other stores. 

Police first responded to the area around 11:18 a.m. when they received a call for a person behind an alley. 

When officers arrived, a witness led them to the homeless encampment, where they found the victim. The victim had suffered from at least one stab wound to his upper chest. 

Police said two homeless people got into an altercation when one of them stabbed the other.

The victim was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Authorities have identified the victim but will not release his identity until his name is confirmed and his family and friends have been notified. 

Following the stabbing, officers detained a man matching a witness' description of the suspect. The male was positively identified as the suspect by witnesses to the assault. The 30-year-old suspect has been identified, but authorities will not release his name until it is confirmed by detectives. 

No other information was available.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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