ALAMEDA -- A man who assaulted and robbed a customer inside the Chase bank at the Marina Village Shopping Center Friday afternoon also stabbed a man in the center's parking lot, police said.
Investigators do not know if the suspect, who was arrested shortly after the two incidents, stabbed the victim in the parking lot before entering the bank or whether the stabbing occurred as the suspect was fleeing the branch, Alameda police Lt. Lance Leibnitz said.
Officers were initially dispatched to the shopping center about 1:15 p.m. after receiving a call about the stabbing in the parking lot. But as they were responding, officers received a second call, reporting a robbery inside the bank, Leibnitz said.
After entering the Chase branch, the suspect approached the customer from behind and brandished a knife, police said. Along with robbing the victim, the suspect assaulted him, leaving the man with a minor injury on his neck, Leibnitz said.
Officers found the stabbing victim sitting in a car parked near the center's Lucky supermarket, police said. The man was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland. The extent of the man's injuries was not immediately available.
"It appears that the subject we have detained and the gentleman in the car knew each other," Leibnitz said.
On Friday afternoon, investigators were still piecing together how the men may have known each other and other details about the two incidents.
The suspect's name, age and city of residence were not immediately available. He was arrested in the 1000 block of Marina Village Parkway, which borders the shopping center.
Witnesses have identified the man as the individual who carried out the stabbing in the parking lot and as the suspect was behind the robbery and assault inside the bank, police said.
The victim who was injured in the bank was treated at the scene and released.
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