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Published on March 03, 2024
Imperial Beach Man Charged with Attempted Murder After Chula Vista Trolley Station StabbingSource: Chula Vista Police Department

A brutal stabbing at a Chula Vista trolley station had authorities on high alert until a car theft led to the swift arrest of a suspect. Early on March 2, Chula Vista Police encountered a disturbing scene at Palomar Trolley Station: A 36-year-old homeless man, bleeding profusely from multiple stab wounds, lying on the ground. The vicious attack, seemingly unprovoked, occurred while the victim was sleeping at the station located at 1265 Industrial Boulevard, according to a statement from the Chula Vista Police Department.

Despite his severe injuries, the man was conscious and able to speak with the officers, who rendered immediate aid. Medics transported him to a local hospital, where he is being treated for injuries that are considered non-life-threatening. A review of security footage, assisted by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, allowed authorities to pinpoint a person of interest: Tulio Gasca, a 34-year-old from Imperial Beach. Gasca was described as 5'9" and about 200 lbs. and was caught on camera near the scene of the crime. The police department issued an alert advising that Gasca should be considered armed and dangerous.

The case took a dramatic turn when a 911 call at approximately 3:42 PM on the same day reported a vehicle theft on the 500 block of Moss Street. The caller, also the victim, had their presence of mind to tail his own stolen car and stayed on the line with police. Responding officers managed to stop the car, and that’s when they recognized the driver as Gasca, the stabbing suspect. He was promptly arrested for vehicle theft.

With Tulio Gasca already in custody, the investigation regarding the stabbing quickly proceeded. He was subsequently charged for his alleged role in the early morning assault. "Investigators responded to the scene and later arrested Gasca for the stabbing at the Palomar Trolley earlier this morning," the Chula Vista Police Department stated. Now, in addition to car theft, Gasca is booked in the San Diego County Jail, facing attempted murder charges. Although it might have appeared that Gasca was evading capture, his subsequent alleged crime ensured his rapid arrest.

The police are still seeking witnesses to the stabbing and are urging anyone with information to step forward. The Chula Vista PD can be contacted directly at (619)691-5151 while San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or the P3tips website also offer avenues for anonymous tips.