La Habra Man Stabbed in Chest While Trying to Help Shop Owner Stop Robbers

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A 43-year-old man was stabbed in the chest while trying to help a shop owner fend off two robbers at a store in La Habra early Monday morning, the La Habra Police Department said in a news release.

The owner of the Donuts & Deli Shop spotted two people with property stolen from the store and confronted them, leading to an altercation in the store at 136 W La Habra Blvd., police said.

The good Samaritan approached and was trying to help detain them when one of the suspected robbers stabbed him and the two thieves fled the scene, according to the news release.

Officers were already on their way to the store after getting a call about a petty theft when they heard about the stabbing, police said. They arrived at the scene at about 3:44 a.m. and tracked down the suspects to the 300 block of Hazel Street, where they were taken into custody, the department said.

The two were booked on suspicion of attempted homicide and robbery, according to La Habra police.

The man was found suffering from a stab wound to the chest and a cut to his head, authorities said. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

The good Samaritan is a homeless man who sprang into action to help the shop’s owner, La Habra Police Lt. Daniel Barnes said.

Servando Ruiz told KTLA he’s a friend of the victim’s, a homeless man named Richard who’s well-known in the community.

“To see that someone’s going to shed blood just to stand up for what’s right — I’m very proud of him for that,” Ruiz said.

Richard often helps the donut store’s owner with breaking up boxes and sorting trash, according to Ruiz.

“I know they have a good relationship,” he said.

Authorities did not identify the two suspects.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further details were available.

Anyone with information can call Detective Cpl. Baclit at 562-383-4300.

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