SAN DIEGO – A manhunt is underway after two women were injured in separate stabbings in East County overnight. Police believe the stabbings are "likely connected."
The stabbings were less than five miles apart in El Cajon and La Mesa and the crimes were reported around 3 a.m.
Police and paramedics in El Cajon responded to a report of a female stabbing victim in the parking lot of the Grocery Outlet at 350 North Second Street. It wasn't immediately clear if the victim was stabbed in that location or taken to that parking lot after being stabbed elsewhere.
Paramedics transported the nearly naked woman to the hospital. Police said she was covered in blood and is in critical condition. The victim told police the attacker was a muscular black man about 5’6” tall.
A female delivery driver for Lay's Potato Chips was also stabbed at a 7-Eleven on Avocado Boulevard. The woman was also taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, police said.
Officers from several agencies launched a manhunt related to at least one of the attacks after finding a blood-stained deserted Mercedes in Dulzura.
Sheriff's deputies and Border Patrol agents launched a manhunt for the driver of that car with the help of a law enforcement helicopter and police dogs.
Check back for details on this developing story.