SAN DIEGO — Officers moved quickly to apply a tourniquet and give a man CPR after he was stabbed and left bleeding near a College Area bus stop, but his attacker had not been found as Friday afternoon.
The stabbing happened around 11:30 a.m. on the eastern edge of the neighborhood, as the 50-year-old victim sat waiting for a bus at the stop on El Cajon Boulevard near 70th Street. Police say a man approached the victim, the two started arguing, and eventually the assailant pulled out a knife and stabbed the other man in the arm.
When they reached the victim, officers moved quickly to apply a tourniquet to one of his arms and performed CPR on him at the scene, Officer Tony Martinez said.
“They did save his life,” Rick Zeigler, from the nearby Pedal Pushing Bicycle Shop, told FOX 5. “The gentleman—it looks to me that … he flatlined. He coded. And they brought him back. If it weren’t for those policemen, that gentleman would have died.”
When medics arrived, the victim was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. There was no further update on his status as of late Friday afternoon.
“Quite a bit of blood,” Zeigler said, describing the scene. “ I don’t know if someone tried to help him or he was trying to help himself. But there was a lot of bloody paper. Lots of blood on the ground. He looked like he was in really bad shape.”
Witnesses reported that the attacker — a heavyset man in his 20s or 30s, wearing a red shirt, black pants and a black, bandana-style mask with heavily-tattooed arms — ran off to the east, possibly into a nearby motel, police said. Officers fanned out through the area in search of him.
No arrests had officially been announced as of late Friday afternoon, but police did say they detained a potential suspect for questioning.
It was not immediately clear if anything provoked the confrontation.