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Stabbing victim may have been saved by pacemaker

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who was knifed in the chest Thursday during a fight at a Mission Valley transit depot may have been saved from death by a medically implanted defibrillator that got in the way of the blade, authorities said.

The 57-year-old victim was stabbed while scuffling with an acquaintance at the trolley stop alongside Fashion Valley mall shortly before 6:30 a.m., according to San Diego police.

The assailant then fled, and the wounded man flagged down depot guards, SDPD Sgt. Ray Battrick said. They called medics, who took the victim to a trauma center, where he was admitted in serious condition.

Just before 9 a.m., transit security personnel spotted a man matching the description of the assailant and called San Diego police. Officers questioned the suspect, identified as 60-year-old Richard Francis Kiley, then arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder and assault, Battrick said.

According to medical staff, the battery-powered device implanted in the left side of the victim's chest due to heart trouble kept the buck knife that Kiley allegedly used against him from plunging farther into his body.

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