University City stabbing suspect Odie Miller captured in East Village


SAN DIEGO - A stabbing suspect who prompted a nearly four-hour SWAT standoff at a home in Rolando early Thursday morning was captured by San Diego police officers.

Odie James Miller, 20, was apprehended officers at about 10:42 a.m. at Broadway and Park Boulevard in San Diego’s East Village.

The arrest comes after a standoff that began sometime before 3:10 a.m. in the 4300 block of Rolando Boulevard. It ended by 6:45 a.m. when officers determined the home was empty.

Miller, who also goes by the alias Odie Milwerder, is accused in a stabbing in University City at about noon Wednesday at Renaissance Avenue and Towne Centre Drive, near the Westfield UTC mall. A witness told police the suspect ran up to a 44-year-old man who was walking in the area and stabbed him. The attack appeared unprovoked, the witness said.

The victim suffered wounds to his head, neck, torso, arms and hands. He is expected to survive.

San Diego police Capt. David Nisleit said Miller was dropped off at the Rolando home at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators believe he used to reside there. Miller has a criminal history.

Suspect's father speaks on son, says he is mentally ill

It is a day Odie Miller Sr. feared might someday come -- that his son, Odie Miller, would harm himself or another person.

"When we started having issues last year, I notified the police and was afraid he would be one of these children that would go out into society and harm somebody," said Odie Miller Sr.

"And here we are?" asked 10News.

"And here we are," Miller Sr. replied.

Miller Sr. said it was a phone call from his son Wednesday that caused him concern.

"He sounded manic, he sounded totally distressed, he sounded like ... not having any hope," Miller Sr. told 10News. "So I called the police to let them know that he was out there, and might possibly be a harm to himself, but I guess the situation had already happened."

During the standoff, a flash bang went off then officers went in.

However, Miller was gone. He reportedly left the home armed with a large fixed-blade knife.

Miller Sr. said his eldest son is mentally ill, adding, "He was diagnosed to have schizoeffective, bipolar disorder with depression."

But he said his son was at the top of his class at his high school, was an extremely bright kid, loving and musically talented.

Miller Sr. said his son, when off medication, listens to a number of voices and doesn't take care of himself.

Miller Sr. now fears that even behind bars, his son may not get the help he needs.

"I absolutely love my son, and do whatever it takes to help him," he added.

San Diego police told 10News that if someone feels another person is a danger to themselves or others, to call the department, as Miller Sr. did.

There are many resources available, including a psychological emergency response team, police said.

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