According to Sgt. Mike Martin of the GGPD, the incident occurred around 9 a.m. Thursday when police and fire units were summoned to the Free Vietnam Community Center, 13139 Harbor Blvd. regarding a stabbing.
The suspect, identified as Trinh Nguyen, 37, of Huntington Beach, was held for police, who recovered a 6-inch hunting-type knife. The victim, a 37-year-old woman, hadbeen stabbed twice in the abdomen. She was treated at the scene and taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange where she was in stable condition after surgery.
According to Sgt. Martin, the suspect came to the center to see his girlfriend and an argument started between the suspect and the victim, who is a staff member at the center. The suspect allegedly grabbed the woman and stabbed her, just as a man working there approached.
He called for help and he and others wrestled the knife away from the suspect and held him for police. Nguyen was booked into Orange County Jail in Santa Ana for attempted murder.
The six who came to the woman’s aid were given the Chief’s Coin of Merit for “outstanding efforts in advancing the quality of life in our community.”