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Pursuit Ends in Arrest of Carlsbad Attempted Homicide Suspect

Suspect Arrested after Crash in Oceanside

Carlsbad CA— Early this morning, April 28, 2018 ,the City of Carlsbad Police Department responded to a report of a possible traffic accident in the 6200 Block of Paseo Del Norte. Upon arrival, officers observed a red truck speed away from the scene and subsequently fail to yield to officers.

Officers located one male victim with multiple stab wounds to his head, neck and torso at the scene and a female companion who was not injured. Officers engaged in a pursuit with the suspect. With the assistance of the San Diego Sheriff’s Office, the ASTREA helicopter, and the Oceanside Police Department, the suspect was taken into custody at Canyon Drive and Mission Avenue in the City of Oceanside after the suspect vehicle had collided with the center median.

While the investigation is ongoing, the police department does not believe there are any outstanding suspects related to this incident.  According to a witness, the suspect initiated an unprovoked attack on the victim, stabbing him multiple times while they were in the vehicle together. The victim, an associate of the suspect, was able to get out of the vehicle while it was still moving. The suspect then got out of the vehicle, chased the victim and continued the assault until the female companion was able to separate them. The suspect got back into the vehicle prior to police arrival and ultimately led officers on a pursuit through multiple cities in North County.

The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Gervin Giovanni Chavez. Gervin Chavez was transported to the Carlsbad Police station for processing and will be ultimately booked into the Vista Detention Facility for Penal Code 664/187(a)-Attempted Homicide. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he is undergoing multiple surgeries for his wounds.

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