71-year-old Filipino stabbed in San Diego, California

Published November 17, 2021, 12:49 PM

by Jaleen Ramos

An elderly Filipino was randomly stabbed at a trolley station in El Cajon in San Diego California.

Photo from GoFundMe/ MANILA BULLETIN

Jose Serra, 71, was on his way to work and got off at the Arnele Avenue trolley stop at around 5 a.m. last Nov. 3 when he was randomly approached by a man and was stabbed, according to a report from Fox 5 San Diego.

The suspect immediately fled after the incident.

El Cajon Police Department identified the suspect as Israel Ezekiel Valdivia, 24, a convicted felon who was recently released early from a prison sentence under supervision.

Serra suffered life-threatening stabs wounds on his head, stomach, hand, arm, and almost lost his ear.

“The victim’s ear was nearly severed and he had lost a significant amount of blood,” police said.

Police authorities described Valdivia as a Hispanic man, 5’11” tall, weighs around 180 pounds, and has black hair, brown eyes, and a “medium build”.

Valdivia also has numerous tattoos on his body and a large “V” tattoo on his face, it added.

The suspect was also found to have an “extensive violent criminal history, including arrests and/or convictions for elder abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a dirk or dagger, robbery, escape from custody, and numerous drug and theft related charges.”

“Valdivia should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be contacted,” authorities warned.

Police are appealing to anyone with information regarding the incident or the current whereabouts of Valdivia to call the El Cajon Police Department at 619) 579-3311 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or on-line at SDCRIMESTOPPERS.ORG.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover Serra’s extensive medical costs.

Those who also want to help may go to this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-from-a-brutal-attack