CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A South Bay man was fatally stabbed Tuesday at his family's condominium, and his older brother was arrested a short time later in connection with the death.
The siblings' grandfather found them scuffling in a bedroom at their residence in the 2000 block of Lakeridge Circle in Chula Vista about 7:15 a.m. and tried in vain to break up the fight, according to Chula Vista police.
The elder brother, 35-year-old Alberto Gonzalez Figueroa, pushed the grandfather away and told him not to get involved, prompting him to hurry to a nearby home and ask a neighbor to make a 911 call, Capt. Gary Wedge said.
Officers and medics arrived to find the younger sibling, 24-year-old Mario Gonzalez Figueroa, lying wounded on the floor of his bedroom. He died at the scene.
10News learned the victim shared the residence with his brother, mother and grandfather.
A woman who lives in the neighborhood reported seeing the bloodied suspect leaving on his bicycle, and authorities issued a law enforcement be-on-the-lookout alert for him, Wedge said.
A short time later, a National City police officer spotted the suspect riding near the intersection of Prospect Street and Sweetwater Road, just west of Interstate 805, and arrested him on suspicion of murder.
10News cameras were rolling when officers took Alberto into custody. Blood stains were visible on his legs and socks. Police said he tried to get away on a red bicycle.
One neighbor told 10News she heard the commotion and heard someone yell, "Grandpa, please help me."
Another neighbor, Darnella Hosch, said she noticed a man leaving in a rush.
"I saw this guy, I said 'Good Morning' and he did … and he almost fell off the bike, which made me notice as he rolled past, the blood going up his leg," said Hosch.
The San Diego Sheriff's Department was called in during the search for the suspect. Eastlake Elementary School was briefly locked down due to the search.
It was unclear what prompted the dispute, the second one this year to bring police to the family's home, according to Wedge. In January, officers investigated a disturbance between the siblings at the condo, and the older one was taken into custody after he allegedly battered a patrol officer, the captain said.
The suspect was being held in San Diego Central Jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.