This doesn’t happen in Carlsbad.
I’ve lived here for about thirty-five years, and was obviously lulled into a sense of complacency and maybe even a tad smug…we don’t have THIS kind of violence in our little beach town.
This is the kind of place where neighbors talk to each other, host “get-to-know-your-neighbor” parties, and watch everyone’s children and grandchildren grow up and have their own families.
But it did happen and it was blocks away from where I live.
There was an initial report of a home invasion where the victim, a woman, was stabbed multiple times but was able to call 911.
Despite the best efforts to save her, she died at the hospital.
She had been home alone.
(Out of respect for the victim and her family, I’m purposely not posting her name.)
Later we learned that there were two suspects. Her car was stolen and eventually abandoned near Highway 78 in San Marcos.
In hearing this shocking news going on in my town, I checked the address and was horrified because it was the exact street where a good friend of mine lived.
I tried to text her, but got no immediate response, and immediately started to worry.
I headed over to the street which was now a crime scene with a command post and yellow tape blocking access.
Hanging around the many news vans and journalists, I learned that it was not my friend, but a woman who lived two doors away from my friend, someone I had known from attending neighborhood parties.
This is not an easy area to locate. It’s comprised of many little cul de sacs tucked away in a lovely community of attached homes overlooking Agua Hedionda Lagoon.
According to information provided by Carlsbad Police, “Through the preliminary investigation, it appears a male and female suspect attempted to burglarize the victim’s home. ”
I got a tip from a reporter that a man and woman had been arrested just minutes before I arrived. They had been hiding under some bushes in the lagoon. The police that were on scene confirmed that there were two arrests but would not confirm that it was connected to the murder.
I am concerned that the local elementary school very close to the lagoon was not put on lockdown.
My friend finally texted me back and confirmed that it was her neighbor who had been murdered, someone with whom she had dinner just a couple nights ago.
We are all waiting for more information, but I wanted to post what I have initially learned, and will update as more details are released.
This doesn’t happen in Carlsbad. But it does. Even though it shouldn’t. And if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.
Please be extra careful, friends, and look out for your neighbors
Statement from Carlsbad Police Department:
Update – Two Arrested for Homicide on Outrigger Lane
CARLSBAD, Calif – Update – “The Police Department shares the communities’ concern over such a tragic incident,” stated Police Chief Neil Gallucci. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family.”
It is important for the community to know that, with the assistance of the community, investigators have made arrests in association with the Outrigger Lane incident. The suspects were arrested in the 4800 block of Park Drive.
The suspects are identified as 37-year-old Ian Bushee and 26-year-old Malissa James, both transients. Bushee and James are both on probation in San Bernardino for residential burglary.
Bushee was arrested for Homicide, Burglary, Conspiracy, Auto Theft and Accessory after the Fact. James was arrested for Homicide, Burglary, Conspiracy and Auto Theft. Both will be booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
At this time, investigators believe there are no additional suspects. The investigation is ongoing.
If a community member has additional information about the incident, they are asked to call the Police Department at 760-931-2197.
The department would like to help the community cope with the concern caused by this incident. Most residents know, Carlsbad has always had one of the lowest violent crime rates in the county.
A last note from Chief Gallucci, “Be certain, officers are out-and-about patrolling our neighborhoods 24/7 and are just a phone call away. Call us if you need us. We are all a part of the community of Carlsbad.”
A little research revealed more info on the suspects…
April 12, 2018T
wo transients — including one who authorities say tried to discard a sock containing $70,000 worth of valuable coins — were arrested after an Upland-area homeowner walked in on a burglary.
The incident happened Tuesday, April 10, in the 2600 block of North Mountain Avenue in San Antonio Heights, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.
The burglars, after being confronted by the resident, fled with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics. Deputies identified the burglars as transients known to them, Ian Forrester Bushee, 36, and Malissa Deanna James, 25.