A man was punched and stabbed -- and his mother punched -- in Lake Elsinore, and police are seeking the public’s help in finding the suspect.
According to a report from the Lake Elsinore Police Department, the incident occurred Saturday on the shoreline near W. Lakeshore Drive and S. Kellogg Street.
The investigation showed that a 21-year-old man was swimming in Lake Elsinore with several members of his family and friends when “a verbal altercation ensued.”
The squabble was between the man and a family member, but a group of three other people in the area thought he was yelling at them, police reported.
The three, described as black males, confronted the man. The situation escalated when the man’s mother intervened and one of the males punched her, police reported.
Tensions intensified when the victim defended his mother and was also punched by the suspect, according to police. In addition to the blow, the suspect cut the man. The victim was treated by Cal Fire at the scene and later transported to Inland Valley Medical Center for additional treatment, police reported.
The alleged stabber fled the scene and is described as a black male adult, 18 to 21 years of age, 5’08” to 5’09” with close-cropped hair and a muscular build.
Anyone with further information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Pelato at the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300 or after hours and on weekends at (951) 776-1099.