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Man arrested, accused of stabbing worker at Encinitas Home Depot

Man accused of stabbing worker at Home Depot
Man accused of stabbing worker at Home Depot
Man accused of stabbing worker at Home Depot
Posted at 1:42 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 22:23:18-04

A man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed an employee at a Home Depot store in Encinitas Friday.

10News learned the incident happened just after 12 p.m. at the Home Depot store on 1001 N. El Camino Real.

A witness told 10News several people were yelling at a male driver who was driving erratically and fast through the store's parking lot.

The witness said the man, identified as 34-year-old Sean Burton, stopped and got out of his car at the store's outdoor garden section.

Sheriff's officials said the Burton "had thrown a folding blade knife at an employee who was watering plants outside the garden center portion of the store. The knife entered the employee's leg causing a minor wound with bleeding. An off-duty paramedic was on scene and provided medical aid to the victim."

The witness told 10News she ducked behind a cash register as sheriff's deputies pursued Burton into the store, where he ran into the area where she was hiding.

According to the witness, a deputy caught up to Burton and ordered him to get on the ground before arresting him.

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a minor wound to his upper leg before he was released.

No other injuries were reported.

Burton was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was taken to the Vista Detention Facility.