Deputies received a report of a stabbing at a Rubio’s eatery in a strip mall on South Highway 101, north of Via de la Valle, shortly before 4 p.m. Witnesses said the victim was stabbed in the face.
Jennifer Sommer said her 18-year-old daughter was eating at the restaurant when the suspect stabbed a male employee, who has been identified as Robin Rodriguez, manager of the Rubio’s Restaurant in Solana Beach, according to a sheriff’s report. Her daughter and three other friends, also 18, started first aid on the victim until paramedics arrived, Sommer said.
The victim, Rodriguez, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, sheriff’s officials said.
A few block away from the Rubio’s, deputies found a man matching the suspect’s description on Camino Del Mar, south of Via de la Valle, in Del Mar. A confrontation ensued, officials said, and the suspect was shot by at least one deputy, identified as Noah Zarnow.
The suspect, who has been identified as 34-year-old transient Emmanuel Ibarra, was taken to a hospital, where he later died, according to the sheriff’s report.. The circumstances surrounding the confrontation were still under investigation, Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam said. Deputies were not injured. Deputy Zarnow is assigned to the North Coastal Station and has been employed as a deputy sheriff with the San Diego Sheriff's Department for five years, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release.
The intersection of Via de la Valle and South Highway 101/Camino Del Mar was closed until late Monday night while the shooting was investigated.
Nearby railroad tracks, parallel to Highway 101, also were impacted by the investigation, and Amtrak and Coaster train service was interrupted. Buses were sent to transfer commuters between train stations in Sorrento Valley and Solana Beach, according to the North County Transit District.
Meanwhile, investigators interviewed half a dozen or so witnesses inside the Rubio’s into the night. Police cordoned off the restaurant during the investigation.
— David Hernandez is a writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune