By Kara Roa
Editor’s note, Mar. 26, 4:30 p.m.: This story is developing and will continue to be updated with more information as it is made available.
At approximately 1:35 p.m. on Thursday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was called to Lone Hill Park at the 1400 block of Renwick Street in San Dimas to investigate the stabbing death of a woman and her dog.
The victim was identified as Jeanne Ann Edgar, 66, from Glendora. Authorities report she was attacked while walking her dog near the park.
The suspect has been identified as Ricardo Saldivar, 23, of Upland. Saldivar was apprehended and taken into custody by deputies arriving at the scene.
Authorities have confirmed that a first male victim in his 30’s was attacked while walking through Lone Hill Park towards the public restrooms. As Saldivar approached brandishing a knife, the first victim ran and was chased by Saldivar.
Saldivar then spotted Edgar and attempted to take her dog. Saldivar proceeded to stab the dog and the woman. Upon seeing this, the first victim was able to knock out Saldivar with a rock. Saldivar was immediately taken into custody and transported to a hospital for treatment of head injuries.
LASD confirms Salidvar will be booked on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. When he is medically cleared, he will be transported to the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station.
He is being held in lieu of $2 million bail ahead of a scheduled appearance in court March 30.
San Dimas resident Darius Johari, who lives close to the park, was home at the time of the attack and recalls that a male suspect initially attacked a pest control worker.
Other witness accounts posted to Facebook mention the unidentified pest control worker then chased down the suspect and acted in part to apprehend him until Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene.
Johari said the stabbing seemed totally random, adding it “all happened fast.”
“I know we have a lot of residents that just go out and walk their dog. We’ve also seen a lot of just sketchy people too,” Johari said. “It could have been anyone on this block.”
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
To report anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or make a report online at http://lacrimestoppers.org or on the mobile app P3 Tips available for download on Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Evan Solano contributed to this story.