Victim stabbed during North Park shutdown identified

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SAN DIEGO – Police on Wednesday identified the man who died after officers found him bleeding profusely from a stab wound during a traffic stop in North Park, authorities said.

Nikko Guardado, 23, was identified as the deceased, according to San Diego Police Department Lieutenant Andra Brown. He died of his injuries in what appeared to be at least one stab wound to his lower body, police reported.

About 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, officers said officers pulled a red Ford Focus for traffic violations, including speeding, at the intersection of El Cajon Boulevard and Texas Street.

“When officers contacted the occupants of the vehicle, they found that the only passenger in the vehicle was injured and bleeding profusely, from what appeared to be at least one stab wound to his lower body,” Brown said.

Officers provided first aid until medics arrived, who then transported Guardado to hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Homicide detectives investigating the incident determined that the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Alberto Barraza, appeared to stab the victim at least once in an alleyway near 3600 Bancroft Street. Barraza was arrested Sunday at his residence near 3600 Bancroft Street on suspicion of murder.

Anyone with information about the fatal stabbing is encouraged to call the Homicide Department at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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