Man protecting neighbor's home stabbed in the face

Witnesses say suspect was stealing recycled trash

LA MESA, Calif. - La Mesa police are looking for a man that stabbed another man in the face for trying to protect his neighbor's home.

Just before 8 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a 911 call of a stabbing that occurred in the 7400 block of Colony Drive. Witnesses tell 10News a man named Marty tried to stop another man from stealing from his neighbor's home.

"Marty caught [the suspect] take a bag of stuff out of the house so Marty goes, 'You can't take that, what are you doing?' and the guy goes, poof! That fast, he whipped out a knife," described one witness, who did not want to be identified.

Witnesses say the suspect took off with a bagful of recyclable trash.

"All I know is that the [suspect] went running, and Marty... Marty was down on the ground," said another woman, on the verge of tears.

"The man sounds like a psycho," said another witness, who did not share her name with 10News. "To pull a knife over recyclables? Man, that's scary."

A tossed hat and bloody paper towels were left in the middle of the mobile home park where the attack occurred. The suspect was seen running westbound into the residential complex, as El Cajon K-9 units, La Mesa Police and the San Diego Sheriff's helicopter ASTREA combed the area.

The suspect is still at large. He is described as a white man in his 40s or 50s between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall, approximately 160 pounds with "salt and pepper" hair. He was seen wearing a blue t-shirt and brown shorts and carrying a large black trash bag when he fled the scene.

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