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Man arrested in Rancho Penasquitos stabbing death

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - A Rancho Penasquitos man was arrested Thursday after allegedly stabbing a neighbor to death and fleeing the scene of the slaying on a bicycle.

Officers responding to a report of an assault found 72-year-old Richard Munsinger mortally wounded in a residential garage in the 9500 block of High Park Lane about 2 p.m., according to San Diego police.

Medics took Munsinger to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

Shortly after receiving the emergency call about the stabbing, officers were directed by witnesses to a nearby location where they found the suspected assailant, 54-year-old Howard Forrest Lowe, riding a bicycle.

Lowe surrendered peacefully and was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The motive for the alleged slaying was unclear.

"The preliminary investigation has shown that the suspect and victim were neighbors," Dobbs said in the late afternoon. "At this time, the circumstances leading up to the incident are not known."

Cary Monroe said she is heartbroken over the loss of her good friend, Richard Munsinger. 

According to Monroe, the victim and his wife, Joanne, befriended the suspect years ago and even let him borrow an old Volvo to get around. 

"Dale took him in and allowed him to work for him - little side jobs and paid him. Joanne would go out and buy food once or twice a month. They would have him over for dinner frequently. They really took really good care of him," said Monroe. 

Lowe lived right across the street from the Munsingers. Lowe's home was the same one that caught fire earlier in March. Investigators said the house was filled with clutter and called it a hoarder home. 

Neighbors at the time reported they had not seen Lowe in weeks. 

Lowe reappeared on Thursday and allegedly stabbed and killed Richard Musinger. 

According to Monroe, the two men had a falling out several months ago. "There were several incidents where Forrest would come over and start yelling at Dale," she said. 

Munsinger had taken back the keys to his car and Lowe had become hostile and angry. 

Before Forrest was taken away in a police cruiser on Thursday, Monroe said she had an exchange with him. "I go, Forrest, he says, 'yes,' and then made some comment about Dale before saying something like, 'I had to do it,'" said Monroe. 

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