Hernan Padilla arrested after stabbing bystander who tried to intervene during robbery at Encinitas Home Depot

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SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — A person was stabbed Saturday morning after several bystanders tried to stop a man mid-robbery at an Encinitas Home Depot, authorities say.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Office reports a man entered the Home Depot in Encinitas at 10 a.m. Saturday and attempted to leave the store without paying for the items when three passersby stopped him.

That's when police say the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the bystanders before running away.

A sheriff's helicopter announcement was heard in the area Saturday morning as police searched for the suspect.

Officers arrived a short time later and applied a tourniquet to the injured citizen's leg before he was transported to the hospital by the Encinitas Fire Department, the sheriff's office said. Their condition is unknown at this time.

The suspect – identified as Hernan Padilla – was found by deputies later Saturday in the 7900 block of Anillo Way in Carlsbad after a tip from a witness who told deputies they had just seen Padilla.

The sheriff's office says Padilla was treated for injuries he suffered while evading officers. He was booked into the Vista Detention Center and faces assault with a deadly weapon, the sheriff's office reports.

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