A citizen’s tip led to the arrest of a 17-year-old Ramona resident on suspicion of taking a laptop from a vehicle in San Diego Country Estates on Oct. 13 and stabbing a 20-year-old who chased him and confronted him about the theft, said sheriff’s Detective Tom Seiver.
Seiver found the suspect in juvenile hall, where he was brought after allegedly stealing property from Stater Bros. on Oct. 16 and then fighting with clerks when he was caught, said Seiver at the sheriff’s Ramona substation. Seiver interviewed the suspect, a male, in juvenile hall and he admitted to the crime, the detective said.
The stabbing occurred about 3:47 a.m. after the 20-year-old and his father attempted to confront the suspect for breaking into an SUV in their driveway in the 16800 block of Daza Drive. When the 20-year-old caught up with the suspect, the suspect slashed the 20-year-old with a knife in the upper left arm and stabbed him in the lower abdomen, according to the sheriff’s department. The man’s father took him to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Because of the suspect’s age, the sheriff’s department did not release his name.