Fender bender leads to stabbing outside McDonald’s

EL CAJON, Calif. -- A minor car crash in a shopping center parking lot outside El Cajon Friday led to a stabbing that left a man hospitalized and his assailant on the run.

A parked Saturn sedan was hit by a black pickup truck near the McDonald's restaurant in the 13000 block of Camino Canada around 6 a.m. As the truck's driver was speaking with the Saturn's owner, one of two passengers in the pickup got out and got into an argument with one of the sedan's two other occupants, sheriff's Sgt. Kristin Brayman said.

The argument soon escalated.

The truck's passenger pulled a knife and held it up to the other man's stomach, but did not cut him, Brayman said.

The man with the knife “then chased another occupant of the white vehicle through the parking lot up into the Denny’s parking lot and ended up stabbing him in the neck,” Brayman said.

The suspect got back into the truck a, Brayman said.  All three men in the black truck then drove off and are still on the loose. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to their arrest.

“Two of the occupants of the truck were Hispanic. One occupant, the third one was white, and they're all believed to be in their 20s. One was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, but I’m not sure which one,”  Brayman said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.