Woman and Dog Stabbed to Death in Harrowing California Park Attack

An investigation has been launched after a woman and her dog were stabbed to death in an apparently random attack at a California park.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it was alerted to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon near Lone Hill Park, in San Dimas, at around 1.35 p.m. on Thursday.

Witnesses told ABC7 News that the suspect had first tried to attack a man who was walking in the park, but the man ran to his vehicle when he saw the suspect coming toward him with a knife.

According to police, the knifeman then confronted a woman in her sixties who was walking her dog. He yanked the pet by the leash and stabbed it.

He then attacked the woman, stabbing her multiple times, said the sheriff's department.

During the attack on the woman, the man who had fled to his vehicle minutes earlier got out of the car and threw a rock at the knifeman. The rock hit the suspect in the face, knocking him unconscious, shortly before officers and paramedics arrived.

Paramedics were unable to save the woman's life. She and her pet were both declared dead at the scene.

Tony Page told ABC7 News it was his son-in-law who had been threatened and had then thrown the rock.

He told the network: "Joe was sitting in his vehicle, watching this horrific thing take place. The suspect at that point turned after killing the dog and started stabbing the lady.

"At that point, Joe got out of his vehicle, looked for something. He found a rock, picked it up, he threw it, hit the suspect in the face, knocked him out."

Page added: "He was able to basically subdue and hold the suspect until authorities arrived. True hero. That guy was out to kill anybody and everybody. Who knows how many more people he would've taken?"

Los Angeles County sheriffs have not released the suspect's name, but he was described as a 23-year-old man from the San Gabriel Valley.

The department added that the suspect had been taken to a nearby hospital and had been evaluated for head injuries.

In a press release on Thursday, the department said simply: "The suspect was taken into custody. There is no additional information available at this time."

Anyone with information on the attack has been asked to contact the department's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

Newsweek has contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for further comment.

The suspect was taken into custody
File photo of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department vehicle. The force is investigating a stabbing in San Dimas. Sundry Photography/iStock