Rachel Sharp, Daily Mail, March 27, 2021
A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder for stabbing a 66-year-old grandmother and her dog to death in a random attack in a Los Angeles park.
Ricardo Saldivar is behind bars after Jeanne Edgar was found lying in Lone Hill Park in San Dimas with multiple stab wounds alongside her beloved fluffy white dog, Sashi, on Thursday afternoon.
Saldivar was taken to hospital after Joe Page saw the attack and knocked him out by throwing a rock at his head in a desperate effort to stop him.
‘I threw it as hard as I could and it hit him and he fell over. And at that point, I see a bunch of neighbors everywhere – people yelling,’ Page told NBC Los Angeles.
‘It was a horrific scene.’
The brutal attack unfolded at around 1.35pm near the intersection of Shellman Avenue and Renwick Road when Edgar was out walking her dog.
Saldivar first approached Page, in his 30s, who had parked his car and was walking toward a public restroom at the park during a break from his job at a pest control firm, reported ABC 7.
Page told NBC Los Angeles the suspect appeared ‘deranged’ and on drugs at the time and was ‘looking to hurt someone’.
‘I see in my peripheral vision, this guy – he looks like he’s deranged and on drugs,’ he said.
‘He approaches me, and he says something along the lines of ‘I’m going to kill you.”
The suspect, who was described by police as a Hispanic male, allegedly tried to stab him but Page managed to get away back to his car.
The attacker then went for Edgar. First, he grabbed her dog’s leash from her and started stabbing the animal.
Once he’d killed the animal, he started attacking the woman, police said.
Page got out of his car to help Edgar striking the suspect with a rock to stop him, knocking him unconscious.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it received a 911 call that ‘indicated a woman was screaming and later updated indicating a woman was being stabbed.’
Deputies arrived on the scene to find Edgar lying in the street with multiple stab wounds, next to the body of her pet dog.
They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Saldivar was coming back around just as the officers arrived, Page told NBC.
‘So many things were going through my mind. I just wish I would have hit him with my truck,’ he said.
‘I wish she was still alive… I believe she’s in heaven now. We all tried to help.’
The attacker was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital for treatment for a head injury. A knife was also recovered from the scene.
Saldivar was later booked into jail on a murder and attempted murder charge and was held on a $2million bail.
Salvidar is due to appear in court for his arraignment Tuesday.
The motive is not clear.
Edgar’s best friend paid tribute to the 66-year-old as local residents set up a memorial site with candles and flowers close to where she was killed.
‘Jeanne was a beautiful and big-hearted person and she didn’t deserve this,’ Linda Sanders told ABC7.
‘I’ve known her for so long and she’s one of my best friends in the whole world. All are shocked because…I just found out.’
Sanders said her friend loved her dog Sashi as her ‘little baby girl’ and would walk her everyday around the different local parks.
‘She went to different dog parks all the time. She had sweet little Sachi, her little baby girl and she walked her everyday,’ said Sanders.
Page’s father-in-law told CBS Los Angeles his son-in-law had had a lucky escape.
‘From what I gathered from my son-in-law, Joe, he actually came after him, first with the knife,’ Tony Page said.
‘My son-in-law was able to get to his vehicle safely. At that point, the guy started attacking the lady that was walking her dog, started killing the dog with the knife then turned the knife on her and started killing her,’ he added.
‘He, at that point, got out of his vehicle, found a rock, threw the rock, hit the suspect in the face, knocked him out and right shortly after that the authorities arrived.’
Another local resident said the attack had rocked the neighborhood.
‘What everyone takes for granted is thinking you have safety no matter where you go,’ said Drew Ashley.
‘Sometimes you gotta watch your surroundings, have some situational awareness.’