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Man arrested for fatal stabbing at Escondido Burger King

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 15:20:27-05

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) — Police have arrested a man they is behind the fatal stabbing of another man at a local Burger King this week.

The suspect, identified as 47-year-old John Christopher Burns, was arrested Tuesday at Pala Casino after San Diego Sheriff's deputies responded to the casino on an unrelated matter. SDSO says Burns stabbed the victim, 32-year-old Jose De Jesus Martinez, in the neck just before 6:30 p.m. at a Burger King in the 1300 block of W. Valley Pkwy. on Monday.

Martinez died at Palomar Medical Center.

Deputies say there may have been a dispute between the men over a bicycle just before the stabbing. SDSO is still investigating that report.

The two men were reportedly transients in the area, deputies said but it wasn't clear if they were acquaintances.

Anyne with information is encouraged to contact deputies at 760-839-4722 or anonymously at 760-743-8477.