Suspect stabs victim during purse snatch

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is searching for a suspect who stabbed a victim during an attempted purse snatching.

The intersection of Madonna and Los Osos Valley Rd., near where the assault took place

SLOPD says on Friday night around 11:30 p.m. victims Elizabeth Key, 29, of San Luis Obispo and Christopher Sebastian, 24, of Santa Maria were walking on Madonna Road near Los Osos Valley Road when the two heard somebody rapidly approaching them from behind. The victims told police an unknown white male grabbed Key’s Purse and attempted to flee with it. Police say Key grasped onto her purse and refused to let it go. The second victim, Sebastian, fought with the suspect as he struggled with Key.

Police say during the altercation, Sebastian received a single stab wound in an undisclosed portion of his upper body.  He also received trauma to his neck area. Key sustained minor injuries to her hand during the struggle.  Sebastian was initially treated at French Hospital, and later moved to another location for additional treatment.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is currently investigating this incident.  Anyone with information regarding this assault is urged to contact the SLOPD. The suspect is described as a white male in his late 30s, approximately 6’0” tall, 190 pounds with dark hair, facial hair. The suspect was last seen wearing dark colored clothing.

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