Two Women Stabbed in Separate Incidents; One Man Arrested

A manhunt led to the arrest of one person Tuesday morning in connection with a stabbing at a La Mesa convenience store.  Sheriff's officials say it all started around 3:00a.m. at the 7-11 store on Avocado Boulevard near Puebla Drive.  A 35-year-old woman, who is a delivery driver, had just finished dropping off products when she was attacked. The injured woman staggered into the store, told the clerk she was stabbed and then collapsed.  Paramedics arrived at the scene to perform CPR on the woman and then rushed her to the hospital with serious injuries.

A short time later, sheriff's deputies spotted a Mercedes-Benz matching the description of a car that was last seen driving away from the La Mesa stabbing scene. When deputies tried to stop the Mercedes, the driver sped away. The Mercedes led deputies on a pursuit through the Jamul area that reached speeds of over 100 mph before it was found abandoned in the Dulzura area. Officers searched the vehicle and found blood inside.  Around 8:20a.m., the driver of the Mercedes was arrested after he was found on a hillside a short distance from where the car was found.

Shortly after the La Mesa stabbing, another stabbing of a woman was reported just about four miles away on North 2nd Street in El Cajon.  Police found that woman with several stab wounds outside of a strip mall.  She was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.  Police, sheriff's deputies and border patrol agents are working together to determine if the incidents are related.


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