SAN DIMAS (CBSLA) – A man who broke into a San Dimas home early Friday morning died after he was stabbed by the homeowner and then crashed while fleeing the scene, authorities said.
Authorities are investigating whether it was a case of self-defense.
The stabbing occurred at around 4 a.m. at a home in the 400 block of Portola Street, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reports.
A sheriff’s spokesperson told CBSLA that the intruder kicked in the door and was confronted and then stabbed by the homeowner.
The intruder, now wounded, got into his pickup truck and tried to drive away, but crashed after a few blocks, at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Arrow Highway, deputies at the scene said.
He was taken to a hospital, where he died, the sheriff’s department reports. His name was not immediately released.
Although deputies had initially been called to a report of a burglary, they are looking into whether there was a different motive in the break-in. Neighbors told CBSLA the intruder was the ex-boyfriend of the homeowner’s current girlfriend and that the two men knew each other.
“The ex-boyfriend got in a fight with the new boyfriend,” neighbor Makaylah Smith told CBSLA. “I think he just busted in the door, and the guy (homeowner) was using self-defense, so he stabbed him.”
The sheriff’s department did not immediately confirm what kind of weapon was used in the stabbing or whether it was recovered at the scene.
There was also no word on whether any arrests have been made.
“I’ve talked to him so many times, I know him,” Smith said. “I’ve lived here for about 13 years, it’s really crazy, it’s sad.”