Couple under arrest for murder of Carlsbad woman during home invasion – – KUSI

Couple under arrest for murder of Carlsbad woman during home invasion - - KUSI

2 Transients Arrested in Deadly Carlsbad Stabbing Case

CARLSBAD (KUSI) – Police said the man and woman suspected of murdering a woman in her home in Carlsbad are transients with a record of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics. After abandoning the one item they stole, this latest attack and murder seems all the more sinister.

A quiet Carlsbad neighborhood with lush green lawns, blooming flowers, and friendly neighbors are shaken Monday morning by the sounds of police choppers, sirens, and reports of a sinister burglary that resulted in bloodshed.

Investigators believe a man and a woman broke into the woman’s home then fled in the victim’s vehicle, the lieutenant said. A K9 unit from the Oceanside Police Department and a San Diego County Sheriff’s helicopter were called in to search for the suspects.

Woman stabbed to death in Carlsbad home invasion, two suspects arrested

Police say in the 1800 block of Outrigger Lane around 12:30 a.m. a man and woman broke into a home, stabbing the unsuspecting 64-year-old woman inside multiple times. They then took off in her car. By the time paramedics could get to her, she was succumbing to her wounds, dying at the hospital an hour later.

Officers responded to the home and found the 64-year-old woman suffering from multiple stab wounds. Paramedics took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 1:32 a.m., Jackowski said, adding that her name was withheld pending family notification.

By 7:30 p.m. authorities confirmed that 37-year-old Ian Bushee and 26-year-old Malissa James, both transients and both on probation in San Bernardin, are the two suspects in this murder.

What’s not clear, is why the suspects stabbed the homeowner to death only to abandon the stolen car and return to the lagoon just blocks from the scene of the crime.

In the late morning, officers took a man and woman into custody at gunpoint in an open area near the site of the home-invasion slaying, but police had no other immediate information about the arrests.

Carlsbad Police Chief Neil Gallucci says after this tragedy his prayers are with the family and while the accused homeless couple remains in custody, police will continue collecting evidence and building their case.

Deputies found the victim’s vehicle abandoned in the 800 block of Grand Avenue in San Marcos shortly after 5:30 a.m., sheriff’s Lt. David Buether said.

Bushee and James are both being held without bail pending arraignment scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Video: Woman attacked, stabbed to death in Carlsbad home

CARLSBAD, Calif – Update – The Police Department shares the communities concern over such a tragic incident, stated Police Chief Neil Gallucci. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims family.

It is important for the community to know that, with the assistance of the community, investigators have made arrests in association with the Outrigger Lane incident.  The suspects were arrested in the 4800 block of Park Drive.

The suspects are identified as 37-year-old Ian Bushee and 26-year-old Malissa James, both transients.  Bushee and James are both on probation in San Bernardino for residential burglary. 

Bushee was arrested for Homicide, Burglary, Conspiracy, Auto Theft and Accessory after the Fact. James was arrested for Homicide, Burglary, Conspiracy and Auto Theft. Both will be booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

If a community member has additional information about the incident, they are asked to call the Police Department at 760-931-2197.

The department would like to help the community cope with the concern caused by this incident. Most residents know, Carlsbad has always had one of the lowest violent crime rates in the county. 

A last note from Chief Gallucci, Be certain, officers are out-and-about patrolling our neighborhoods 24/7 and are just a phone call away. Call us if you need us. We are all a part of the community of Carlsbad.

Police media contactJodee Reyes, Public Information Officer, 760-931-2105 or [email protected] 

CARLSBAD, Calif. – On March 11, at 00:29 a.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department received a call from a female victim in the 1800 block of Outrigger Lane. The female stated she had been stabbed.

Officers arrived within minutes to assist the female.  Officers found the injured female with multiple wounds. The City of Carlsbad Fire Department responded to provide medical aid. 

The Fire Department transported the 64-year-old female to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased at 1:32 a.m.

Through the preliminary investigation, it appears a male and female suspect attempted to burglarize the victims home. 

A tracking K9 from Oceanside Police Department and the San Diego Sheriffs helicopter, ASTREA were called to help track the suspects.

The San Diego Sheriffs Department located and recovered the victims vehicle in San Marcos. 

Investigators are in the early stages of the investigation.  More information about the incident will follow as it becomes available. 

For more informationLieutenant Jason Jackowski, 760-931-2166 or [email protected]  

Police media contactJodee Reyes, Public Information Officer, 760-931-2105 or [email protected] 

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