Police take down stabbing suspect in El Cajon

Posted at 9:11 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 08:20:56-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - A dramatic police takedown of an El Cajon stabbing suspect was captured on video Thursday.

El Cajon police said the incident occurred just before 8 p.m. in a crosswalk near the intersection of E. Madison Avenue and N. 2nd Street. The suspect, identified as Lester Riley, allegedly stabbed a 75-year-old man in the crosswalk.

As Riley left the scene, several witnesses followed him and contacted police.

Police said responding officers confronted Riley in the 1200 block of E. Madison Ave. while he was still holding a knife.

In video sent to 10News by a witness, neighborhood residents can be heard yelling, "Put the knife down! Put the knife down!" as officers converged on Riley.

Shortly after, officers are heard telling the suspect, "If you don't get on the ground you're going to get bean-bagged."

Moments later, the man is seen on the ground surrounded by officers.

Police confirmed officers shot Riley with non-lethal bean bags after he refused to comply with their order to drop the knife.

The victim was taken to the hospital with multiple non-life threatening stab wounds.

Details on what led to the stabbing were not immediately released.