YUMA, Ariz. – A Yuma man was hospitalized after being stabbed multiple times while out for a run over the weekend.
Yuma Police Department (YPD) officials say the attack happened around 9 p.m. on Saturday when the victim was out for a run. We’re told that while he was running a dark vehicle approached him with three Hispanic men who began cursing at him and using foul language.
Lori Franklin with YPD said, “He continued to run then all of a sudden he felt a push to his back. He was stabbed twice in the chest and the suspects took off in an unknown direction of travel.”
It happened on South Jojoba Avenue and East 48th Street.
Franklin adds, “A good samaritan did pull over, call 911 and got him help. He was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.”
One nearby neighbor says she’s shocked that something like this would happen in her neck of the woods.
She said, “It’s just crazy to know because we live in a very safe neighborhood at least that’s what I thought. We’re surrounded by police officers, border patrol, Marines. You know, there are really good people here. So you feel safe knowing that your next door neighbor is a Marine.”
At this time police are still investigating if the suspect and victim known each other.
Franklin adds, “If you’re running at night, although, headphones do take your mind off of what’s going on, you kind of go into your own little zone. The problem with that is you’re not alert to your own surroundings. You’re not listening to everything that’s going on and around. Always be careful. Always jog in well lit up areas. Try to stay off of canal banks and areas where people can hide.”