Authorities seek help in locating killer in El Cajon stabbing


SAN DIEGO — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding the person who stabbed a 54-year-old man to death in El Cajon.

An undated photo from Crime Stoppers shows Patrick Heard, a 54-year-old who died after he was found with stab wounds in front of an El Cajon apartment complex. (San Diego County Crime Stoppers)

Around 11:20 p.m. on Aug. 22, El Cajon patrol officers responded to a 911 report of a stabbing in the 400 block of Graves Avenue. Officers reportedly found Patrick Heard outside his apartment complex with a knife-inflicted wound to the throat. Heard was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Police described the suspect as a man, roughly 6 feet tall, medium build and wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans and a baseball cap.

San Diego County Crime Stoppers said Friday that a $1,000 reward is offered for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.

The El Cajon Police Department was investigating the killing.

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