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Stabbing suspect has history of mental illness, authorities say

September 13, 2012 | 10:55 pm

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said a man suspected of stabbing two people Thursday afternoon at a Rowland Heights home has a history of mental illness.

The suspect, 21-year-old David Campos, allegedly stabbed his 23-year-old brother and an 18-year-old pregnant woman, Lt. Steven Katz said.

Both victims were flown by helicopter to L.A. County-USC Medical Center. The woman was listed in stable condition, and Katz said it appeared her fetus was not injured in the attack.

Campos' brother was hospitalized in critical condition, although he seemed to be improving, Katz said.

"At this point I would list the male victim as being in guarded condition. I know he’s going to have to undergo additional surgical procedures because of facial injuries he received," Katz said, adding that a primary concern was injuries to the man's abdomen.

Deputies were called to the 18000 block of Los Palacios Drive about 3 p.m. Katz said detectives have not yet interviewed the suspect to determine any motive.

Campos barricaded himself in the home for about two hours before a special weapons unit took him into custody without incident around 5 p.m., Katz said. “There was no force required,” he said.

A boarder in a back portion of the home was briefly detained as deputies cleared the property, but he was not arrested. "When they were clearing the place, that boarder either didn’t hear the PA announcement or was not aware of what was going on,” Katz said.

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