Man killed in East County alley stabbing


Neighbors complain this alley in El Cajon repeatedly serves as a crime scene

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EL CAJON, Calif. -- A man suspected in a fatal stabbing in El Cajon was arrested Sunday, said police.

Officers with the El Cajon Police Department responded to a call at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa where the wife of a stabbing victim told them her husband was involved in an altercation that turned physical.

Officers were told the argument ensued outside the victim's vehicle in an alley in the 300 block of North Second Street around 1 a.m., said El Cajon police Lieutenant Walt Miller.

The suspect stabbed the victim at least once in the chest, said Lt. Miller.

The victim's wife and another man who was inside their car during the stabbing drove the victim to Grossmont Hospital for treatment. He was pronounced dead a short time later, said the police lieutenant.

Police interviewed the wife and witnesses several hours later Sunday and were able to identify a suspect, who was found and arrested near Wells Park in El Cajon, Miller said.

Detectives were trying to determine if and how the suspect and victim knew each other. Police did not release either of their names.

The suspect was booked into County Jail for murder, said police.

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