2 arrested in separate stabbings

Police investigate 2 overnight stabbings

SAN DIEGO - San Diego police said two people are in custody Monday in two separate stabbings.

The first attack involved a 36-year-old man who is suspected of stabbing a cab driver in the shoulder with a kitchen knife after following him into a restaurant in Chollas Creek, police said.

The stabbing in the 5200 block of University Avenue was reported at 11:46 p.m. Sunday, according to San Diego police Officer David Stafford.

The victim, also a 36-year-old man, told investigators that he was approached by the suspect, who asked for a cigarette, Stafford said in a statement.

The victim said he didn't smoke, then went into the Taste of Africa restaurant and the suspect followed, Stafford said.

After he was stabbed, the victim tackled the suspect and held him down until officers arrived. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Stafford said.

His name was not immediately released.

Medics took the cab driver to an area hospital to treat a non-life threatening stab wound, Stafford said. The motive for the assault was not immediately determined.

The second incident involved a 26-year-old woman who is suspected of stabbing a 52-year-old man with a knife during an argument over drugs in East Village.

The stabbing in the 700 block of Tenth Avenue was reported at 12:31 a.m. Monday, according to Stafford. The man suffered stab wounds to his hands, none of which were life-threatening, Stafford said in a statement.

The victim and the woman, who also suffered cuts to her hands during a struggle for control of the knife, were both taken to area hospitals, Stafford said.

After being treated at the hospital, the woman was booked into county jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Her name was not immediately released.

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