Suspect Named in Stabbing of Pregnant Woman at San Diego ATM

Suspect Named in Stabbing of Pregnant Woman at San Diego ATM

Cole Klemke, 27, of Carmel Valley in surveillance camera images. (San Diego Police Department)

City News Service
City News Service


Updated: 6/17/2024


SAN DIEGO—Authorities have identified the man who allegedly stabbed a 25-year-old pregnant woman multiple times outside her vehicle at a drive-through ATM in San Diego.
Cole Klemke, 27, of Carmel Valley was taken into custody June 16 around 2:30 p.m., San Diego police Lt. Daniel Meyer told City News Service.
The assault occurred around 9:55 a.m. Saturday at 8251 Mira Mesa Blvd. at a Target shopping center in the Mira Mesa neighborhood, according to the department.
“The victim was withdrawing money from an ATM at the time of the incident,” Mr. Meyer said.
“A male suspect approached the victim and slashed her in the upper body. The suspect pushed the victim to the ground and proceeded to slash her two additional times in the upper body,” the department reported.
The victim sustained deep cuts to her neck, left shoulder and chin, and was taken by ambulance to a hospital to be treated. She was later released, according to the department.
Her identity was not immediately available, but it was reported that she was four months’ pregnant at the time of the attack.
Mr. Klemke allegedly fled the scene after bystanders came to the woman’s aid. He made no statements or demands prior to or during the attack, and no property was taken, police said.
During the investigation, Northeastern Division detectives obtained photos and video of Mr. Klemke in the Target just before the crime occurred. Detectives were also assisted by several tips from community members, who were able to help identify the man through photos released to the public.

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