A 31-year-old man is in stable condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital after being stabbed multiple times by a man he allegedly saw trying to break into his car.
It happened at 1:38 p.m. outside the Pio Pio restaurant in the 3300 block of Wilson Boulevard.
Police say the man who was working in a nearby office building looked out his window and saw a man trying to break into his car. Police say when the victim went downstairs to confront the man, the suspect ran away and the victim chased him across Wilson Boulevard.
The men ended up just outside Pio Pio where the suspect allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times in the hands, shoulder, front, back and arms.
Scott Brodbeck is the editor of ARLnow.com, a news website that serves Arlington. He didn't see the stabbing happen, but he arrived on the scene shortly after.
"You saw blood on the wall. You saw blood on the sidewalk next to the restaurant, so it was a brutal stabbing," he says.
Arlington Police Sgt. Rick Rodriquez says the violence is a reminder that witnesses to crime should be careful about getting involved.
"We don't recommend that they confront the suspect because you never know how many suspects there are, or if they're armed," says Sgt. Rodriquez.
Brodbeck says he is concerned about what appears to be rise in violent crime in the area lately.
"You've had this stabbing. You've had four homicides so far this summer; a near fatal stabbing off Columbia Pike last month. So this is a bloody summer for Arlington," says Brodbeck.
The suspect then got away in a white van that may have been stolen. According to police, he was last seen on N. Jackson Street heading toward the Ashton Heights neighborhood.
The suspect is described as a 28 to 32-year-old Hispanic man, approximately 5'9" and 150 pounds. He was wearing a white t-shirt that was ripped in the struggle and dark blue jeans.
Anyone with information is being asked to call Arlington Police.