El Cajon Police cruiser
An El Cajon Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A stabbing in downtown El Cajon left one homeless man injured Monday and another under arrest, authorities reported.

Patrol officers responding to reports of an assault in the 200 block of East Main Street found the victim suffering from stab wounds to his back and head about 11 a.m., according to the El Cajon Police Department.

Paramedics took the injured man to a hospital. He was expected to survive, ECPD Lt. Nick Sprecco said.

Witnesses identified the alleged assailant as Hakim Wakil Rashid, 52, and officers took him into custody near the site of the stabbing.

At the time of his arrest, he allegedly was carrying a pocket knife believed to have been used in the assault, according to police.

“The investigation revealed the victim and suspect know each other from living on the streets and were involved in an argument over a debt,” Sprecco said.