SAN DIMAS, Calif. - A woman and her dog were both stabbed to death near a San Dimas park on Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to a call in the 1400 block of West Renwick Road, which is close to Lone Hill Park, just after 1:30 p.m.
"It’s always full of kids and just people in general…softball fields and what not…and right next to an elementary school, so it’s just a little scary," neighbor Lisa Hardy said.
Witnesses said a man who appeared to be in his early 20s was waving a knife and yelling he was going to kill somebody.
The suspect went after one man who was able to run from the scene. He then turned his attention to a woman who was going about her everyday routine and was walking her dog.
The first victim later returned to the area and threw a rock at the suspect, trying to stop the attack.
"He jumped out of his vehicle. He was looking for something. He looked down, there was a rock by the tree. He picked it up, he threw the rock and hit the guy in the face and knocked the suspect out," said Tony Page, who is a relative of the intended victim.
The female victim was identified by authorities as 66-year-old Jeanne Edgar, of Glendora, who was a loving mother and grandmother.
Investigators said the man’s courageous actions likely stopped the suspect before he hurt others.
It’s unclear what sparked the attack.
The suspect was later identified by officials as 23-year-old Ricardo Saldivar of Upland.
He was booked at the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station after receiving treatment for his head injury sustained in the incident.