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Son arrested on murder in father's brutal City Heights stabbing death

Posted at 9:10 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 13:32:23-04

SAN DIEGO - A 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing his father to death at a City Heights apartment Tuesday night was previously the subject of an arrest warrant issued in connection with the beating of a 72-year-old man on a city bus.

At about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Ismael Beltran was arrested in the 1100 block of 27th Street on an unrelated warrant in connection with the beating of a 72-year-old man on a city bus on Oct. 10. Following his arrest, detectives linked him to the murder of his father, 42-year-old Francisco Beltran, with whom he shared an apartment.

He was booked into the San Diego Central Jail on charges of murder and the outstanding warrant. 

The murder occurred at their apartment in the 3600 block of 42nd Street Tuesday, shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police. Neighbors heard fighting and banging coming from the apartment. They called 911 and reportedly saw a man in his early 20s running from the scene, police said.

Officers and paramedics found Francisco suffering from 10 to 15 stab wounds on the floor of the apartment, San Diego Police Department Sgt. Michael Tansey said. Beltran was taken to a trauma center, where he was later pronounced dead, Tansey said.

Several nearby residents saw a man wearing black shorts -- and believed to be between the ages of 19 and 25 and between 5 feet 2 and 5 feet 9 inches tall -- running away from the apartment immediately after the disturbance, said police Lt. Manny Del Toro. It was unclear what led to the assault.

"I think it's bad for the family, sad," neighbor Manuel Gonzalez said.

Neighbors described the area as quiet and believe the stabbing was an isolated incident.

One neighbor said he was not worried for his safety, saying, "the frequency of which we hear some of these incidents is not a whole lot."

10News tried speaking to relatives of the victim who showed up at the apartment, but they refused to comment.

San Diego police confirmed the attack on the bus occurred on Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Park Boulevard in the East Village.