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Police identify suspects in deadly Carlsbad stabbing, burglary

Posted at 6:19 AM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 02:23:11-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) -- Police have identified the suspects who reportedly attacked a Carlsbad woman, stabbing her to death during an attempted burglary Monday morning.

According to police, Ian Bushee, 37, and Malissa James, 26, who are both transients, were arrested on the 4800 block of Park Drive Monday. Both are on probation in San Bernardino for residential burglary.

Police say Bushee was arrested for homicide, burglary, conspiracy, auto theft and accessory after the fact. James was arrested for homicide, burglary, conspiracy and auto theft.

“The Police Department shares the communities’ concern over such a tragic incident,” Police Chief Neil Gallucci said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family.”

The incident was reported at around 12:30 a.m. at a home in the 1800 block of Outrigger Lane, just north of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, according to Carlsbad police.

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Police said the suspects broke into the home, and during the break-in, a woman in the house was stabbed. Officers told 10News that the victim was able to call 911 to report the incident.

When officers arrived, the 64-year-old woman -- who suffered multiple stab wounds -- was conscious and breathing. She was taken to the hospital but died from her injuries at Scripps La Jolla Hospital about an hour later.

After the incident, police say both Bushee and James fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was located on the 800 block of Grand Avenue in San Marcos.

The victim's identity was not released.