Santa Clara police are investigating whether a man arrested early this morning in a stabbing and burglary was also responsible for stabbing a woman in her vehicle about 45 minutes earlier, a police lieutenant said. At about 3 a.m., police responded to a report of an interrupted burglary in the 3100 block of Cabrillo Avenue in Santa Clara, where a suspect forced his way through a screen from an open kitchen window, Lt. Kurt Clarke said.
A female and a 54-year-old man residing in the home confronted the suspect, later identified as Ignacio Aguilar Maldonado, 24, who then attacked and stabbed the man several times before fleeing, Clarke said. Police soon found Maldonado hiding in some bushes nearby and took him into custody.
Officers were still interviewing the suspect this morning and had not yet decided on what offenses to book him on, Clarke said. The stabbing victim was taken to a hospital for treatment and there was no information immediately available this morning on his condition, police said.
Police also are investigating whether Maldonado is the suspect in an assault that occurred at about 2:15 a.m. today on Calabazas Boulevard just north of El Camino Real in Santa Clara. A suspect, described as a Hispanic man in his 20s with a light complexion and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, came up to a 49-year-old woman who was sleeping in her vehicle, Clarke said.
After the man knocked on the window, the woman opened it and the suspect reached inside and stabbed her, the lieutenant said. The suspect ran off when the woman screamed for help. The victim then drove herself to a hospital and is expected to survive, according to Clarke.
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