San Diego, CA – An armed transit security guard stabbed a suspect who attempted to steal his gun at the Old Town Transit Center on Friday afternoon.
The altercation took place at the Taylor Street station near Old Town State Historic Park at approximately 1 p.m., the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) told KNSD.
The suspect walked up to the security guard, and “immediately grabbed his service pistol and violently pulled on it, trying to remove it from its holster,” San Diego Police Officer Dino Delimitros explained, according to KFMB.
The 26-year-old security guard was able to maintain control of the firearm, and defended himself by stabbing the attacker in the torso with his knife several times, KNSD reported.
The knife pierced the suspect’s chest at one point – landing just inches away from his heart.
The suspect fled the scene on foot, prompting a search of the area.
Meanwhile, the suspect’s wife called police and provided them with information about his location, KGTV reported.
San Diego police and K9 units tracked the attacker by following a trail of his blood to the place where he was hiding between vehicles parked beneath a bridge, according to KNSD.
The suspect, later identified as Jacob Pendleton, was rushed to a local hospital for treatment, KSWB reported.
Police said he did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and the motive for the unprovoked attack is unclear.
The security guard suffered minor facial injuries due to having been punched several times by the suspect during the altercation, according to KNSD.
No one else was injured.
“This is a dangerous place,” one Metropolitan Transit System bus driver told KNSD. “These security guards, I see them every day. Man, they have to be on high alert, people have no respect for law enforcement these days. It’s all over this country.”
“He had to defend himself,” the bus driver said of the security guard’s reaction to the unprovoked attack. “It’s a natural instinct.”