A security guard was stabbed in an altercation at a private community park Friday, according to Oceanside police.
The guard, who works in a senior living facility, told officers she had contacted an man who was hanging out in the community's private park behind a maintenance shed.
A fight began between them, and the suspect stabbed the guard with a knife and took off, officials say.
Ruth Cowie lives nearby and heard the "blood curdling screams."
"She was screaming, 'Help me! Help me! I've been stabbed!'" Cowie said. "I just kept hearing it. So I opened the garage walked to park, couldn't see her. She was in a hidden area."
When she finally saw the guard, she immediately dialed 911.
"The end of the blade was just stuck right in her belly," said Cowie's husband Gordon. "It was awful. Just awful."
Officers searched the area around Sundown Lane and Lake Boulevard with a tracking K-9 and the sheriff's department helicopter.
However, they were not able to find the suspect.
The security guard was taken to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries, and she is in stable condition, according to Oceanside police.