California woman fatally stabbed while trying to protect dog during unprovoked attack

Jessica Schladebeck, New York Daily News
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A couple of Good Samaritans sprung into action and tried to stop a man from repeatedly stabbing an elderly woman and her dog out for a walk in California.

The deadly attack unfolded Thursday around 1:30 p.m. near Lone Hill Park in San Dimas, according to Los Angeles CBS.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found 66-year-old Jeanne Edgar lying unresponsive in the street with multiple stab wounds. She was pronounced dead a short time later, as was her dog, Sashi, who was found lying next to her.

Ricardo Saldivar was identified as the suspect and he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was evaluated for head injuries before being released into police custody.

A witness who tried to stop the stabbing told authorities the suspect actually attempted to attack him before going after Edgar. Other people present at the time tried to stop the knife-wielding man by throwing rocks, but were ultimately unsuccessful.

One person said Saldivar first started stabbing Edgar’s dog and then turned his attention to her when she tried to stop him.

Saldivar was booked into jail on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He remained in jail on $2 million bail and was scheduled to be arraigned next week.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.