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Eyewitness talks about comforting Pismo Beach attempted murder victim

A man is in critical condition after police say someone stabbed him several times in Pismo Beach yesterday. A suspect has been arrested and is facing Attempted Murder charges.

It was on Five Cities Drive that a man was nearly stabbed to death and carjacked. People around town said this is very unusual and that they can’t believe it happened here in Pismo Beach.

“Someone had just pulled out of the parking lot across the street and smashed into our pole here,” witness Marilyn Licoscos said.

That truck that hit her pole got away – that’s when Marilyn Licoscos noticed a man in trouble across the street.

“At that point he was losing a lot of blood so she laid him down on the ground and then we just began praying with him and stayed with him til the police got there and she was holding pressure points on him to stop the bleeding,” Licoscos said.

Pismo Beach police say on Saturday, a 36-year-old man was stabbed several times and carjacked – and left bleeding on the sidewalk on Five Cities Drive. The suspect was found several hours later with the stolen truck and arrested.

Licoscos sat with that victim, comforting him – until an ambulance arrived.

“From my best recollection is that he was in some place in Nipomo and he didn’t know who this person was but he was giving him a ride,” Licoscos said.

The victim is listed in critical condition.

“I began praying and we just did that and he was very concerned that he was dying and we just kept trying to reassure him that he was not,” Licoscos said.

People said that possibly the most unsettling part about this attempted murder is that it happened in broad daylight in such an open, public place.

“People really don’t care, people are desperate, people are crazy, the drugs that are out there,” Pismo Beach visitor Julie Black said.

“It makes me think twice about noticing my surroundings and being more aware,” SLO County resident Lynn Wright said.

Police say this was an isolated incident and that residents and visitors have nothing to be worried about.

“Doesn’t pose any significant threats, or any threats at all to our public safety,” Pismo Beach Police Sgt. Dan Herlihy said.

“That’s the only thing my faith will let me do is just believe he’s going to be alive and well and have a good testimony someday,” Licoscos said.

Police have not yet released the identities of the suspect or the victim. This attempted murder is still under investigation.

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