El Cajon

Man Identified in Deadly Stabbing in Front of El Cajon Apartment Complex

The man was identified as Patrick Heard, 54, from Oceanside


A man died after being stabbed in front of an apartment complex in San Diego’s East County, El Cajon police confirmed.

Police identified the man as 54-year-old Patrick Heard from Oceanside Tuesday.

At around 11:20 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, the El Cajon Police Department received a report of a stabbing along the 400 block of Graves Avenues, just south of Interstate 8.

When officers arrived, they found a man in front of an apartment complex, suffering from at least one stab wound, ECPD Lt. Keith MacArthur said.

The victim was unconscious, and medics were called to help. The man was taken to a local hospital but the ECPD said the man soon died.

Officers said there was a brief confrontation where it is believed the suspect inflicted a knife wound to Heard's throat. The victim appeared to try to seek help, but ultimately collapsed in front of the apartment complex where officers located him, ECPD reported. The motive for the attack is unknown at this time.

No suspect(s) have been found in connection with the deadly stabbing, and the investigation is ongoing. Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation and anyone with information on this case can reach out to the ECPD at (619)579-3311 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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