By Gina Yarbrough
San Diego, CA–San Diego police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with an early morning deadly stabbing at a gas station in San Ysidro, authorities said.
Detectives were notified by officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection that the suspect, 32-year-old Hector Alcantara, of San Diego, had been detained at the San Ysidro Point of Entry pedestrian gate located at 720 East San Ysidro Boulevard, said San Diego Police Lieutenant Steve Shebloski.
Officers took Alcantara into custody and booked him into San Diego County Jail for one count of murder. The victim has not been identified but is believed to be a Hispanic man in his late 20s to late 30s.
San Diego police received a call around 2:23 a.m. of a man that had been stabbed at a gas station located in the 300 block of East San Ysidro Boulevard.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a man suffering from a stab wound to his upper body. Officers performed life-saving measures until paramedics from San Diego Fire-Rescue arrived and transported him to a local hospital. The victim was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
During their preliminary investigation, detectives learned the victim was stabbed at a nearby vacant building located in the 100 block of Center Street before he walked over to the gas station parking lot where he was found by an individual.
According to detectives, the victim was with a group of people at the building when he was apparently stabbed by the suspect without provocation. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Alcantara. They also learned Alcantara entered Mexico shortly after stabbing the victim.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call the San Diego Police Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.