Police arrested a Spring Valley woman early Monday morning on suspicion of fatally stabbing a man inside a National City auto repair shop, police said.
A 911 caller reported the stabbing at around 3:45 a.m. Monday inside Prestigious Automotive on East 26th Street, just east of National City Boulevard, National City Police Detective Sgt. . Vincent Fernando said in a press release.
Officers arrived to find a seriously injured 69-year-old man inside the business, Fernando said. The victim died at the scene before paramedics arrived.
Investigators know the identity of the victim but did not release his name on Monday.
Shortly after officers arrived at the scene, a witness told them where the suspect had run north on Avenue A, according to Fernando. Officers quickly located a woman matching the suspect’s description on the property of one of several nearby car dealerships.
Officers arrested Samantha June Gordon, 40, on suspicion of murder, Fernando said. She was initially taken to hospital, but was released Monday afternoon and was due to be incarcerated Monday night at Las Colinas Women’s Prison in Santee.
Police investigations Lt. Derek Aydelotte told OnScene TV it was unclear what led to the stabbing. Aydelotte said it appeared, partly based on the time it happened, that people may have been living inside the auto repair shop, which appears to be a house. converted.
Aydellote said investigators are “definitely seeking the public’s assistance” in the case and asked anyone with information about the knife attack to call the National City Investigations Division at (619) 336- 4457, or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.