Police ID man stabbed to death in attack outside Midway District McDonald’s

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Joshua Goodman, 44, was chased and stabbed by an assailant who leaped from a minivan Aug. 30 in the fast-food restaurant’s parking lot.


San Diego police have identified a man who was fatally stabbed last week in a blitz attack by an assailant who jumped out of a van in a McDonald’s parking lot in the Midway District.

Joshua Goodman, 44, who police say may have been homeless, was attacked around 11:25 a.m. Aug. 30 after he rode his bicycle to the fast-food restaurant on Midway Drive near Duke Street.

Officers responding to the scene found Goodman lying in the parking lot suffering from at least one stab wound, said police Lt. Jud Campbell. He was taken to a hospital but did not survive.

Police said Goodman was attacked by a man who jumped out of a light-colored minivan and chased him in circles around the parking lot, stabbing at him repeatedly with what appeared to be a knife.

Officers believe a woman drove the minivan through the lot with its sliding door open. After the stabbing, the assailant ran and jumped into the van, which headed west on Midway. The entire incident took less than 30 seconds, police said.

Police have not said what they believe prompted the attack, though they said it does appear the assailant and the victim were acquainted. Detailed descriptions of the attacker and driver were not released.

“This is an extremely active and ongoing investigation. We are working diligently to definitively identify the suspects and apprehend them,” Campbell said in an email.

Anyone with information about the case can call homicide investigators at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.


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