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Attacker stabs two strangers within a block of each other in North Park

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Posted at 12:17 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 19:19:42-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A disheveled man stabbed two strangers within a block of each other Friday in North Park and failed to commandeer the second victim's car, authorities reported.

The unidentified assailant -- who looked to be about 30 years old and homeless -- first attacked a 25-year-old pedestrian in the 4200 block of Ohio Street about 8 a.m., stabbing him in the leg and running into a nearby supermarket parking lot, according to San Diego police.

A short time later, he tried to steal a 57-year-old man's car near the intersection of Howard Avenue and 30th Street, but when the victim resisted, the assailant stabbed him three or four times in the right arm, then fled on foot to the south, Sgt. Ed Zwibel said.

Medics took the victims to a hospital for treatment of non-life- threatening wounds, Zwibel said.

The suspect was described as a thin, roughly 5-foot-10-inch white man in a gray shirt.