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Man stabbed to death in Pacific Beach bathroom identified

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Posted at 2:44 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 17:45:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Police have identified the man stabbed to death in a Pacific Beach bathroom this week.

San Diego Police said officers were called on Sunday to a public restroom at 700 Grand Ave. to reports of a man who had been stabbed. Nearby lifeguards and firefighters were the first to arrive and started providing first aid to the man.

Police said the victim, 39-year-old Michael Wagley, had puncture wounds to his upper torso and was taken to a nearby hospital, but died of his injuries. Police said Wagley was new to the San Diego area and had no established residence.

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After police arrived to the scene, several witnesses reported the suspect fled after the stabbing. A man matching the suspect description, later identified as 33-year-old Martin Alvarez, was detained in the area and later arrested for murder.

Police are still investigating the events that led up to the stabbing and a possible motive. It's unclear if Wagley and Alvarez knew each other.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call SDPD's Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.