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El Cajon police arrest suspect in weekend stabbing aboard trolley

Police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of repeatedly stabbing another man in the head during a confrontation Saturday night on a trolley in El Cajon.

The stabbing occurred around 9:15 p.m. as the trolley was heading north from the El Cajon Transit Center toward the Arnele Avenue station, El Cajon police Lt. Randy Soulard said. The assailant fled at the Arnele Avenue station.

It was unclear what led up to the attack, but Soulard said the victim was on the trolley with his girlfriend when the suspect confronted them and an argument erupted.

The attacker pulled out a knife and “stabbed the victim repeatedly in the head and arm,” Soulard said in a news release. Paramedics took the victim to a hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

El Cajon detectives, working with La Mesa police, used surveillance footage from the area to identify a 32-year-old El Cajon man as the suspect, Soulard said. Police arrested him Wednesday without incident near his El Cajon residence.

Soulard said the man was armed with a knife at the time of his arrest, though investigators did not know if it was the weapon from Saturday night’s stabbing.

Jail records showed the man was booked Wednesday afternoon into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. It was unclear Wednesday evening if he would be eligible for release on bail, but he was scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Police asked anyone with information about the attack to call the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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