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Suspect beats blind man with own cane then stabs him and 2 others, police say

The attack on the blind man appeared to be "random" and occurred in San Diego's busy Mission Valley shopping district, according to police.

A man is accused of taking a blind man’s cane and beating him with it before stabbing him and two good Samaritans who tried to intervene late Tuesday afternoon in San Diego, police said.

The attack happened on a sidewalk in the city’s busy Mission Valley shopping district, San Diego police said Wednesday.

James Anthony Thomas, 35, attacked the 72-year-old blind man from behind and stabbed him multiple times, resulting in a skull fracture and brain bleed, police said.

A couple witnessed the blind man getting pummeled and tried to help, police said. The bystanders, a 57-year-old woman and her 60-year-old husband, were also stabbed. The woman, police said, sustained a punctured lung.

The victims' injuries were initially considered so serious, police said, the department's homicide unit responded. The victims were expected to survive after receiving emergency treatment, police said.

Police called the attacks “random and unprovoked.”

A witness called 911 and provided a description of the suspect, and San Diego police located and arrested the suspect on a nearby bike path, police said.

NBC San Diego reported the suspect, who appeared to be transient, went up the street and sat down before he was taken into custody.

Thomas was booked into the San Diego County jail on three counts of attempted murder, police said. He also had an outstanding felony warrant.

He remained in jail Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records said. It was unclear if he had a lawyer.