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Man fatally stabbed in OB assault

SAN DIEGO - A man was stabbed to death in an assault early Thursday in Ocean Beach.

Someone called 911 shortly before 12:30 a.m. to report that one man was attacking another in the vicinity of Bacon Street and Newport Avenue, San Diego police Lt. Mike Holden said. The assailant fled before police arrived.

Officers found the unidentified victim lying on the sidewalk suffering from multiple stab wounds to his upper body. He was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center, where he died despite efforts to save his life, according to the lieutenant.

Locals say the victim was a homeless man known as "Ras" who sold incense at the Farmers Market.

“He was a little off-beat, but he never hurt anybody. He was very well-liked. I don’t know what went down here. It’s horrible," said Janet Walsh, the owner of a store near the crime scene.

The suspect was described only as a white or Hispanic man wearing a white or gray hooded sweatshirt and baggy blue jeans.

Anyone with additional information on the case was asked to call homicide detectives at (619) 531-2321 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.