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Man accused of stabbing girlfriend arrested

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CHULA VISTA (CNS/CBS 8) - A man suspected of stabbing his 21-year-old girlfriend in Chula Vista early Tuesday over her infidelity -- leaving her clinging to life -- was arrested several hours later, police said.

Brandon Lee Mason, 29, was arrested near the Von's grocery store on Eastlake Parkway around 7:20 a.m. on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Chula Vista police Lt. Fritz Reber.

"We're extremely grateful that citizens are our eyes and ears. They saw the picture of the individual and responded. We got a call from condominium residents notifying us he was at the homes," said Chula Vista police Captain Lon Turner. 

Mason allegedly attacked his girlfriend while she showered in her apartment on the 200 block of Palomar Street around 12:45 a.m. Police said he fled following the attack and neighbors rushed to the naked woman's aid after hearing her scream.

The woman said that just prior to the stabbing, she confessed to her boyfriend to being unfaithful, police said.

One of the neighbors who came to her aid, Leonardo Becerra, said he was a National Guard medic and used his emergency first-aid kit to help slow the woman's bleeding before paramedics arrived.

"Her knife wound was not very deep. I started stuffing gauze into it, and she woke up and said that hurts and I said too bad, you're not gonna die on me," said the neighbor.

She was stabbed in the chest and was in critical condition, police said, adding the knife used in the attack was found at the scene.

Paramedics took her to UCSD Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher said.

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