SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) — Two suspects were behind bars Monday accused in the stabbing death of a Carlsbad woman during a home invasion robbery. Authorities have identified the suspects as a couple who are transients on parole for burglary in San Bernardino.
The woman who was murdered has also been identified. News 8 has learned that the victim is 64-year-old Marjorie Gawitt.
Cell phone video below shows 37-year-old Ian Bushee and 27-year-old Malissa James being arrested Monday by gunpoint near Agua Hedionda Lagoon.
Carlsbad police say a crucial tip directed their search to the area which was around a mile away from the murder scene.
Gawitt made a 911 call about 12:30 a.m. Monday to report that she had been badly wounded in an assault at her home in the 1800 block of Outrigger Lane, Lt. Greg Koran said. Medics took the mother of three to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Investigators believe that Bushee and James -- both of them on probation in connection with a burglary in San Bernardino County -- broke into Gawitt's home, where at least one of them stabbed her before the pair stole her car and fled.
Late Monday evening, Bushee and James were booked into county jail on suspicion of murder, burglary, conspiracy and auto theft. They were being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.