Man dressed in women's clothing fatally stabbed outside Oceanside motel

Suspect arrested in connection with stabbing

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - A man who was dressed in women's clothing was stabbed to death outside an Oceanside motel on Tuesday evening.

The incident was reported at about 8:30 p.m. outside of the Rodeway Inn in the 1100 block of North Coast Highway, according to Oceanside police.

Oceanside police said the suspect, identified as 52-year-old Bruce Eric Hunt, had a confrontation with the 33-year-old victim and another person and accused them of making too much noise.

Police said Hunt apparently became "enraged" during an argument with the pair and chased them.

"Several employees from the restaurant and I believe a person from the parking lot from the motel heard the commotion, ran out and intervened, " said Oceanside police Sgt. Matt Christiansen.

According to police, the cross-dressing man was stabbed multiple times with a large knife. Police say one witness managed to hold the suspect until officers arrived.

The victim died at the scene.

Hunt was cooperative with investigators and provided them with a "detailed statement," Oceanside police Lt. Aaron Doyle said.

"One of the witnesses had a gun with him, apparently he's carrying his gun legally, and he intervened … He drew his weapon. He did not have to use it, obviously, but that appeared to help stop the action at the time," said Christiansen.

The suspect was booked into the Vista Jail on suspicion of murder. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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