A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder for stabbing to death a 66-year-old grandmother and her dog in a random attack in a Los Angeles park.
Ricardo Saldivar is behind bars after Jeanne Edgar was found Thursday afternoon in Lone Hill Park in San Dimas with multiple stab wounds next to her beloved dog, Sashi.
Saldivar was taken to hospital after Joe Page saw the attack and knocked him out by throwing a stone at his head in a desperate attempt to stop him.
“ From what I collected from my son-in-law Joe, he actually came after him, first with the knife, ” Tony told Page CBS Los Angeles on Thursday.
Jeanne Edgar (pictured) was found Thursday afternoon at Lone Hill Park in San Dimas with multiple stab wounds next to her beloved dog, Sashi.
Police at the scene of the murder in San Dimas, LA, Thursday. Edgar was walking her dog when she was randomly attacked
My son-in-law was able to get to his car safely.
‘At that point the man started attacking the lady who was walking her dog, started killing the dog with the knife, turned the knife on her and started killing her,’ he added.
“At that moment he got out of his vehicle, found a rock, threw the rock, punched the suspect in the face, knocked him out and authorities arrived shortly after.”
The brutal attack occurred at around 1:35 pm near the intersection of Shellman Avenue and Renwick Road when Edgar was walking her dog.
Saldivar first came to Page, in his thirties, who had parked his car and walked to a public restroom in the park.
The suspect, who was described by police as a Spanish man, is said to have tried to stab him first, but he escaped and managed to return to his car.
The attacker then went for Edgar. First he took her dog’s leash and started stabbing the animal.
After he killed the animal, he started attacking the woman, police said.
Edgar’s (pictured) best friend paid tribute to her as ‘a beautiful and generous person’
Page got out of his car to help Edgar hit the suspect with a stone to stop him.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it received a 911 call that “ indicated that a woman was screaming and was later updated to say that a woman was stabbed. ”
Delegates arrived and found Edgar in the street with multiple stab wounds next to her dog’s body.
They were both pronounced dead on the spot.
The attacker was arrested on the spot and taken to hospital for treatment for a head injury. A knife was also removed from the scene.
Saldivar was later jailed for murder and attempted murder and held on $ 2 million bail.
Salvidar must appear in court on Tuesday for his arraignment.
The motive is not clear.
Lone Hill Park in San Dimas, where the horrific attack took place at 1:30 PM on Thursday
The woman’s body was found outside the park, on the street, next to a house
Edgar’s best friend paid tribute to the 66-year-old when local residents set up a candle and flower memorial near the site where she was murdered.
“Jeanne was a beautiful and generous person and she didn’t deserve this,” said Linda Sanders ABC7
‘I’ve known her for so long and she’s one of my best friends around the world. They are all shocked because … I just found out. ‘
Sanders said her boyfriend loved her dog Sashi as her ‘little baby girl’ and walked her around the various local parks every day.
She went to different dog parks all the time. She had sweet little Sachi, her little daughter, and she walked her every day, ”Sanders said.
Another local told CBS Los Angeles that the attack had turned the neighborhood upside down.
“What everyone takes for granted is that you think you’re safe everywhere,” said Drew Ashley.
‘Sometimes you have to pay attention to your surroundings, have a little situational awareness.’
On Thursday, police were seen interviewing neighbors on the street while the suspect was in hospital. He was later put in prison