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Man stabbed in online deal gone bad

Posted at 6:20 AM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 11:47:26-05

Updated information, 8:41 a.m.

(CNS) - A man was stabbed in the face early today during an argument over possibly counterfeit money being used to purchase speakers, which prompted a road rage chase along Interstate 8 that ended in a crash near San Diego State University, police said.
 
The victim, who is in his 30s, met up with three men and a woman to purchase car speakers at a Denny's on Alvarado Road around 5 a.m. They then headed to a nearby convenience store to complete the transaction, according to San Diego police, but an argument broke out in which two of the men attacked and stabbed the victim.
 
The two assailants and their two companions left in a white Nissan pickup truck and the victim followed in a red Acura sedan. The two vehicles were seen following each other on westbound Interstate 8 before colliding on the College Avenue off-ramp, according to police and the California Highway Patrol.
 
The truck's occupants got out and ran following the crash, authorities said.
 
One of the suspects and the woman who had been in the pickup truck called for help shortly afterward from a Chevron station on Del Cerro Boulevard. Police said both were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
 
A San Diego police lieutenant driving in the 5300 block of College avenue spotted the victim walking along the roadside and stopped to help. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries to his face and hand, police said.
 
The suspected assailant is expected to be booked into jail upon his release, police said.
 
No names were made public.
 
Original story:

SAN DIEGO - A man was taken to the hospital with stab wounds after an online transaction in the College Area turned violent.

San Diego police said a man accompanied a friend to a meetup to buy car speakers from four people -- three men and a woman -- at a Denny's restaurant on Alvarado Rd. near 70th St. just before 5 a.m. The group then went to a 7-Eleven store on 70th St. so money can be exchanged.

At the 7-Eleven, an argument ensued, and two men from the group attacked and stabbed the buyer's friend.

The group got into a white Nissan pickup truck and fled the scene, while the stabbing victim got into a red 2000 Acura and pursued them.

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According to police, the vehicles collided at Interstate 8 and College Ave. All parties abandoned their damaged vehicles at the scene.

Police said the stabbing victim was walking in the 5300 block of College Ave. when he was spotted by an SDPD lieutenant. The victim was hospitalized with minor injuries to his face and hand.

Two members of the selling group -- a man and a woman -- suffered injuries from the crash and called for help at a Chevron gas station on Del Cerro Blvd. They were taken to the hospital with what was considered minor injuries.

The two other men in the selling group remain at large.