A 23-year-old woman accused in the fatal stabbing of a woman at an El Cajon bus stop was expected to make her initial court appearance Friday afternoon.
Alaya Michelle Jenkins was taken into custody at an El Cajon motel on Wednesday, a day after she allegedly stabbed the 34-year-old victim several times during a confrontation in the 100 block of West Madison Avenue, El Cajon police Lt. Walt Miller said.
Jenkins and the victim knew each other, though detectives are still trying to determine the exact motive and what prompted the bus-stop argument that turned violent about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Miller said.
The victim, whose name has not been released, was a passenger in a car that pulled up to a bus stop where Jenkins was sitting, Miller said. The woman and her pit bull got out of the vehicle and a brief argument ensued, he said.
“(Jenkins) produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the upper and lower torso area,” then fled on foot, Miller alleged.
The victim and the dog got back in the vehicle and the driver took her to a nearby hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead, Miller said.
“Detectives assigned to the case determined that both the victim and suspect knew each other,” the lieutenant said. “Detectives also learned that (Jenkins) was staying in a nearby hotel and were able to arrest the suspect when they saw her leave one of the rooms.”
Jenkins was booked into the Vista Detention Center early Thursday morning and was being held without bail on suspicion of first-degree murder, jail records showed. She was tentatively scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 this afternoon at the El Cajon Courthouse.
—City News Service
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