Tuesday at about 7:54 p.m., the Escondido Communications Center received a call of a male victim seen lying down in the alley of the 500 block of W. 7th Ave in Escondido.
One caller reported that it appeared the victim had been beaten and a second caller reported the person appeared to be deceased. Officers arrived and located an adult man in the alley who was unresponsive. He had sustained multiple stab wounds to the upper torso and died at the scene from his injuries.
Police detectives executed a search warrant at a nearby residence believed to be linked to the homicide. Police spokesman Lt. Kevin Toth commented, “We are seeking information from the public regarding the circumstances of the homicide and help in identifying any potential witnesses or suspects involved in the fatal stabbing.”
The events leading up to the stabbing and any potential motives are still under investigation; however, it is being investigated as a gang motivated crime. No arrests have been made at this time.
The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification to the family.
Anyone with information about the homicide is encouraged to call the police department or the anonymous number listed below.
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