A stabbing occurred at the California Theatre, 1122 Fourth Avenue, on the night of February 17, according to the San Diego police department's "Watch Commander's Log" (Incident #37682). The victim was the venue's 50-year-old custodian (name withheld). The assailant was a 52-year-old white male transient sleeping in the theater's doorway. The custodian told the man to leave. "He confronted the man and a fight started. The custodian pulled out a can of mace and sprayed the suspect, who retaliated by knocking the custodian to the ground and stabbing him in the upper arm and buttocks."
The stab wounds were minor, and the victim was treated at UCSD Medical. The transient suspect was arrested and the bloody knife found on his person.
The California Theatre opened in 1927 and was a movie house until 1976. It was renovated in 1988 but has been scheduled for demolition. However, it still stands.