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Carlsbad friends stabbed by acquaintance at home

CARLSBAD — Two friends were stabbed by mutual acquaintance in one victim’s Carlsbad home late on Sunday night, July 14, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.


The victims, a female and male, are acquaintances and were at the home of the female victim on the 6400 block of Terraza Portico, off of Melrose Drive in Carlsbad on Sunday night.

Sometime that evening, the male suspect entered the home and stabbed both victims during an altercation.

A neighbor witnessed the suspect fleeing on foot from the home

A nearby witness called the police from a cell phone around 11 p.m., according to Jodee Sasway, the Carlsbad Police Department’s Public Information Officer.

Police surrounded the neighborhood and “within minutes” caught the suspect, identified as 38-year-old Kevin Michael Rachford, according to Sasway.

Rachford and the female victim allegedly have some sort of relationship, but the reason for the stabbing is still being determined, said Sasway.

“These people were all acquaintances; they all knew each other socially. So this was not a random act of violence,” she said.

The investigation is ongoing, though there are no outstanding suspects in the case.

“It’s now a matter of figuring out all the pieces and why,” said Sasway.

The male victim was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and the female victim was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, she said.

Both victims are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The names of the victims have not been released at this time.

Rachford was treated for injuries sustained during the altercation and was booked in the Vista Detention Facility around 6 a.m. on Monday morning, July 15.

Rachford is being held on $30,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Vista courthouse on Tuesday afternoon, July 16. He will face one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Contact Jodee Sasway at the Carlsbad Police Department at 760-931-2105 or [email protected] if you have any information about this case.