Man Accused of Critically Stabbing Stranger on Thanksgiving

The attempted murder case remains under investigation

By Monica Garske and Andie Adams
|  Sunday, Dec 1, 2013  |  Updated 6:02 AM EDT
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Man Accused of Critically Stabbing Stranger on Thanksgiving

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Deputies have arrested a man accused of critically stabbing a stranger in Vista on Thanksgiving morning.

Kristopher Scott Nesmith, 21, is accused of critically stabbing a 67-year-old man in the 1600-block of Carriage Circle Thursday around 7:30 a.m, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

When Vista Station deputies arrived at the scene that morning to investigate a report of a stabbing, they discovered the victim suffering from life-threatening stab wounds.

The victim told deputies his attacker was a stranger he'd never met. The victim was transported to a local hospital via air ambulance with life-threatening injuries.

Nesmith had fled the scene by the time deputies arrived. However, by Friday evening, authorities had arrested Nesmith.

He was taken into custody during an unrelated domestic violence disturbance around 6:15 p.m. in the 200-block of South Melrose Drive in Vista. Authorities were then able to link Nesmith to the attempted murder case on Carriage Circle.

He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on charges of attempted murder, felony domestic violence and resisting arrest. Nesmith is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The stabbing remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200, Det. Julian at (760) 940-4912 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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