Two brothers were stabbed outside a Lake Forest mobile home park Wednesday night as they were robbed of $700 in cash.
The elder brother had rushed to the aid of his sibling during the armed robbery in front of Kimberly Gardens and was stabbed in the chest. Both men—who chased and wrestled with the suspects as they fled across town in their vehicle and into Mission Viejo—were expected to survive, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
The episode unfolded at about 8:05 p.m. on the 24900 block of Muirlands Boulevard, when three men in a 1992 white four-door Buick assaulted a 32-year-old man as he walked by, stealing a wallet with $700 cash out of his back pocket.
The robbery victim called his 33-year-old brother, who rushed to his aid in the fight.
One of the robbery suspects, identified by authorities as Ethan Kenneth Higginbotham, 24, allegedly slashed the victim's hand with a six-inch knife. Higginbotham then allegedly turned and stabbed the blade into the chest of the victim's brother, who had jumped on Higginbotham's back to pull him out of the fight, the sheriff's department reported.
Higginbotham and Daniel Joe Sutton, also 24, hopped in the Buick to take off but were pursued by the brothers, who jumped in the same vehicle behind them, according to the sheriff's department.
As Sutton barreled toward Los Alisos Boulevard, the other men fought in the passenger compartment. At one point, Sutton allegedly bit the man Higginbotham had allegedly stabbed in the chest. At the Muirlands and Los Alisos intersection, the robbery victim was ejected from the car. It's unclear if he was thrown out or bailed of his own accord, the authorities said.
Sutton pulled the car into the parking lot of a church on the 3800 block of Los Alisos where the three men exited, still fighting for control of the knife.
As soon as the robbery victim pulled the knife away from Higginbotham, the duo hopped back in the Buick and took off on Muirlands. Mission Viejo deputies tracked the car down and took the two men into custody on Muirlands, somewhere south of Alicia Parkway.
The robbery victim's brother returned to the scene of the assault and turned over the knife to investigators. He and his brother were both treated at the scene for the stab wounds, then taken to Mission Hospital for additional care. Their injuries are not life-threatening, the sheriff's department said.
Higginbotham and Sutton were arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies searched for the third suspect, who reportedly fled before the other two piled into the car, using the department helicopter and a search dog, but were unable to locate him.
The missing suspect is described as a 25-year-old white or Hispanic male with a shaven head. He is about 5 feet, 5 inches tall.