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Suspect in Woman's Stabbing in Custody

Kurt Smallen, 19, is being held in lieu of $5 million on suspicion of attempted murder.

A 19-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a woman in Temecula Thursday afternoon was behind bars today and his alleged victim was recovering, officials said.

Kurt Alexander Smallen was arresed following the attack about 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of Meadowview, on Via Norte and Calle Pina Colada, according to sheriff's deputies.

He remained in custody today in lieu of $5 million bail, pending a court appearance Tuesday, jail records indicate.

Initial reports said there was a man running from the scene after stabbing a woman.

The victim was reported to have been stabbed multiple times in the torso and back, according to sheriff's Deputy Angel Ramos.

The woman's condition was stable today and she was recovering from her injuries, officials said.

Neighborhood residents reportedly followed the subject and informed deputies of his whereabouts, Ramos said.

Smallen was taken into custody without incident.

According to an area resident, the suspect was spotted running in shorts and shirtless down the street, covered in blood.

To read about those statements to Patch, please click

According to sheriff's officials, the attack appeared random, as the victim and suspect are not acquainted.

The investigation was continuing and anyone with information was asked to call detectives at 
(951 696-3000.

Britt February 04, 2012 at 06:42 PM
He was just walking around and so was she. It was random and he's not just some crazy nut, although what he did was crazy. People have there issues. No way am I defending Kurt, but is it right just because he is now a convict to badmouth someone we have no idea of knowing. Think about the families that see this.
Brenda February 04, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Britt, what part of someone walking around with a knife, and stabbing someone randomly in the chest,back, does not make him appear to be a crazy killer? Is there a nicer way to describe/discuss what was done to her or WHY he did it? NO! There is no way to discuss this article, case, assault without using negative words about your friend. You want us to say "oh he was just walking around and so was she, no harm done, it was just a random thing". You perhaps might want to seek some counciling to help you deal with this Huney, along with his friends, because you are not looking at this rationally and with the facts. Put yourself in the victims shoes as she walked along quietly and someone starts stabbing her? Not once but numerous times? As far as both sides families Its sad for both of them. However, it is natural to feel more towards the victim especially of such a horrible crime. We dont know if he is a straight A student, never caused any mischief or crimes anywhere, never assaulted someone etc. Everyone here goes by the article and that this is indeed a crime committed by a 19 yr old young man, for no rhyme or reason did this to an innocent girl he did not know. ITs natural to make assumptions on his mental state or lack of to DO THIS. I am sure his family has more of an insight into why he would have randomly done this, we dont, and no one here is trying to hurt them further.
stef February 05, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Good job, neighbors, for getting involved. Need to see more of that!
name here February 06, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I went to elementary, middle, and high school with this kid. He was always very nice and a good student. Played a lot of sports and such. Never would have thought he would do something like this.
Chap student February 06, 2012 at 06:56 AM
You guys have no idea who this kid is so stop judging him for no reason. You can think all you want but keep that to yourself please. Things can be going on in people's lives that you can't see. Leave it alone
lg February 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I dont understand why people like you, are so quick to pull the trigger and call someone a killer not understanding what type of mental state that kurt was in. to me thats just called ignorance. i played baseball with him and he was a very quiet and melo kid so please keep your comments to yourself he does have a family that is going through alot right now and would greatly apreciate it if you keep your harmfull comments to yourself. thank you.
Brenda February 06, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Chap Student? You are right we do not know him, or some do. However, this is a news article, we do have the right to comment, think, and judge or not judge as you say. "For no reason"? I think he gave alot of reasons for people to judge his actions thus far. But mainly right now its thank god this girl is alive. We can voice, and its sad, what in the world would possess a man 19 to randomly walk up to a woman he does not know and stab her repeatedly in the chest and back, via witnesses. Virtually ruining the rest of his life, right? It does not matter what is going on in someones life, we cannot just go killing people. Actually there is far more going on in his head then "things going on in his life" to do this crime. He looks like a completely lost, or "not there" young man. No one has to "leave it alone", nor do family or friends have to read this and they can read and comment themselves. If this was a friend or relation of mine I would probably avoid the papers, as you may end up saying things that would go on to hurt his case further, which he doesnt need. We have all shown symphathy and prayers to both families, even if his "things going on in his life that made him do this" has to do with his parents or family we still have been supportive, or quiet about his parents, even while not knowing.
Brenda February 06, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Ig, Sorry about your friend being a suspect in this case. Where there were witnesses, and the young man himself covered in the young womans blood which would be expected to be alot after being repeatedly stabbed in the chest and back. I am not pulling a trigger Ig, and all of us here are going by the fact of what we read here in the article and that is bad enough. Not undertanding someones mental state? This is true, however, if everyone of his friends and family knew he was having a "mental state" they would have gotten him immediate treatment and certainly NOT Left him alone right? It is great to hear at some point he was active in the school and played sports, and was quiet and melo. Of course his family is going through a lot right now and we, I know that. There is nothing said here that is not repeating the news article, or congratulating the heros and wishing/prayers for the young woman to survive this horrible crime. I am not quick to pull the trigger on anyone and if something is not witnessed then of course I am for innocent until proven quilty. But even being covered in the other persons blood is like a witness. But there was witnesses here, and heros, and we talk about them. Thats it Ig. No one is trying to hurt his family or we would be making statements about them which no one is.
Puma parent February 06, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Brenda, shut your mouth. You are doing more harm than good.
Brenda February 06, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I will shut up, thank you Puma, another new name. Finally have some people curious to read about the story about this guy and what he did? If that is what it takes to get you readiing your local paper I am all for it. When you news signer uppers say things about someone, try to get the facts correct because you are the one doing harm, NOT I. Nothing I have said here has done harm and nothing I say further will either to any party, or family. Just as always.
Anon February 07, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Brenda - we get you have a point to prove. What he did was abhorrent, and some of us agree with you, but for the love of Pete, stop biting off everybody's head.
Stephanie February 07, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Maybe it's just me but Brenda you need help. I had just gone out with kurt three weekened before this happened. He was a quiet, well behave gentleman, he got A's all through high-school in all AP classes, answer frequently went to church. We all understand that this was a tragedy. Everyone knows it's wrong and should not have an excuse to this. However to jump to conclusions saying he is mental and not straight in the head is judgemental and bitchy and you need to keep that to yourself.
Mrs.Lady February 07, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I thinkBrenda is the only sane one here. He is a guy that stabbed no one for no reason. I apologize that he is your 'friend' and you need to defend him, but I know if my friend went off stabbing random people, Id I would definatly ask about their mental state. (In my world that is considered a crime and morally wrong.) Also, in my opinion he was on drugs.
Brenda February 07, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Stephanie thanks to god he did not have knives on him when you went out with him. I do not need help for being a realist. The fact is he did this and the scariest part is that people can say he was a totally normal guy, a bit quiet, went to church, and out of the blue at 19 just flips and commits this crime? His victim could have been anyone at anytime. Also I was repeating something wrong in his head to one of his friends saying that and that something just went wrong in his head and dont condemn him for it. One of his friends Stephanie said that and I replied. Stephanie none of your descriptions even fit this thread, judgemental, bitchy? Stephanie as you get older you will become more wise and realistic.
Brenda February 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Thank you Lady. I appreciate it and I know there is nothing I have said out of line and actually this might be out of line but........I know if this was my friend who did this crime I would not publicly being voicing support for him. I might do it quietly at some point, write him a letter "thinking of him during this difficult time", but definately not making excuses for him. It is horrible when someone we feel is nice, goes to church etc does something against life, or causes injury, heck ministers do it, school teachers, it doesnt matter anyones back grounds, or how sane we think they are. There is something, an impulse control short circuit that happens that NO ONE understands and makes someone be able to do these crimes. Or as simple as drug and alcohol and we won't know until more information comes out. The best news is updates on the young woman at this point and how she is doing.
maxandroxy February 07, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I am sure as 'friends, acquaintances' try to digest this tragic turn for the attacker you want to defend what you thought you new in the past, but the fact is that we all have lots of choices in life and lots of struggles however there is a victim here, and it could have been anyone. There was definite intent to kill this poor woman and for anyone on here to even 'slightly' appear to defend the attacker is not rational. There is a woman and her family (maybe even with kids) who almost lost a mother/sister/wife/friend. Let's keep that in mind please. It is tragic for all involved and even for our community. We send prayers for all families effected by this and pray for the woman's recovery.
LetFreedomRing February 07, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Stephanie, clearly you are as twisted as your crazy ass friend. Who cares what problems he has been enduring in his short, young life?!!! He is your friend and you feel bad for him...great, good for you. He attacked an innocent young lady. He could have killed her, then what you be saying? Why don't YOU save the sympathy to talk over with your fellow friends and his family. I'm sure they care to hear it more than anyone else on The patch does.
Samantha February 07, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I hope that the victim in this is healing well, mentally and physically. I cannot imagine enduring such a thing. Thank goodness for the people who were not afraid to get involved. They deserve some serious credit. I hope this young man is able to get the mental health help he needs and an adequate punishment is handed down for the horrible crime he commited.
Brenda February 08, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Very true Samantha. She is a strong woman already, and the people who got involved and helped also. I just noticed that probably a good 10 or so comments have been deleted including the Aunts. That is too bad because then some of the other posts dont make sense. Guess the bullies on here got what they wanted. :/ God Bless young woman, and your family and friends, and continue on a swift road to recovery.
jill February 08, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I noticed the disappearing comments also. The Press Enterprise article was the same, and The Californian has no comments. I am amazed how irrational the (probably) young folks are being here. He clearly was either under the influence, or mentally ill, or evil. Healthy people don't stab one another. It is an epidemic that nobody has to take responsibility for their actions anymore. And he is not the first suspect that has a heartbroken family. It's news that it happened and we have the right to read about it, and be curious. If it's uncomfortable to read, stay off the local paper. Local people want to know what happened.
Brenda February 08, 2012 at 04:10 AM
You are right Jill and its a shame that these "friends" of the attacker have chased off and made the good people of this town delete posts in fear of reprisal or lashing out they may get. Especially the relatives, aunts who posted. :(
Stephanie February 08, 2012 at 04:38 AM
BrendA, I'm curious as to why you feel the need to comment to every single post posted on here. AND FOR THE RECORD, I'M NOT MAKING EXCUSES FOR HIM. I'm simply saying all you guys have no right to calling him unstable..insane.. or evil. I understand it's not a normal state of mind he waa in.. but you don't know if he had a psychotic break either. That happens, and it does not mean he was psychotic. and since were all just voicing our opinions..You're a bitch and need to keep your mouth shut.
jill February 08, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Stephanie this is not facebook. It's local internet news, where local people can comment and share information about things in our neighborhoods. Call a stabbing what you want, but I am glad I wasn't walking in the meadow the other day. And I hope justice will be served and proper mental health services obtained, so we can walk safely in our neighborhoods.
Paul February 22, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Wow, I love the comments from the brainless who feel sorry for the punk, oh he was a good kid, he might have things going on in his life, he was a quiet kid, Hey LG how old are you? You sound like a real idiot. What the Heck does it matter what is going on in his life he attacked a woman stabbed her, you know would be best a Bullitt to his head. Let's get rid of him he serves no purpose on earth. Oh there was a comment about his family who cares about his family they failed in raising a kid and now society has to deal with their mess, How about we care about what the victims family is going through or here is a crazy thought how about we care about the victim, Get it SHE IS THE VICTIM NOT HIM...
Brenda February 22, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Stephanie, just read this post, but your name has already been deleted, but in response to your final sentence...........Suck my big TOE! and its not my mouth dingle beary its my fingers you want to stop.
LM March 17, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Sometimes you have no idea who people really are until they show their true colors. He did not know his victim. I have known her my whole life. They are a very private family and do not want her name released if it can be avoided. Unfortunately, it won't be avoided forever. She is an amazing and loving person with small children at home and this should never have happened to her. This has been an majorly emotional ordeal for the whole family to have gone through and the only justice I can see is for him to be locked up for as long as humanly possible....He is an lousy excuse for a human being if he can do this to someone for no reason. I don't care who he is angry with...you don't just pick some random person and try to kill them.
Brenda March 17, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Breanna Mitchell I saw your post in my email but not here. I am so happy to hear your friend, the victim is doing better and completely understand her wanting to stay anonymous for as long as possible, heal both emotionally, physically and be with her family. God Bless her and her strength throughout all of this and don't worry much about the teenagers getting on here to support the suspect as they already deleted comments and I am sure as they get older they will sorely realize their support was misguided to this man who set out to murder someone that day. By the Grace of God it was NOT your friend and her strength will continue to get her through all of this and perhaps work with other victims when she is strong enough. God bless you all and extra strength to get everyone through all of this until its over.
Brenda March 17, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Brenda 7:13 am on Saturday, March 17, 2012 (LM I saw your post in my email but not here, then saw the name). I am so happy to hear your friend, the victim is doing better and completely understand her wanting to stay anonymous for as long as possible, heal both emotionally, physically and be with her family. God Bless her and her strength throughout all of this and don't worry much about the teenagers getting on here to support the suspect as they already deleted comments and I am sure as they get older they will sorely realize their support was misguided to this man who set out to murder someone that day. By the Grace of God it was NOT your friend and her strength will continue to get her through all of this and perhaps work with other victims when she is strong enough. God bless you all and extra strength to get everyone through all of this until its over.
mike hawk May 14, 2012 at 09:14 PM
you are all bitches its not his fault
The girl next door August 09, 2012 at 04:30 AM
At Mike. Then Who's fault is it? How would you feel if some one you loved went for an afternoon run in a safe neighborhood and got brutally stabbed for no reason by someone who was normal the day before, but suddenly flipped out? Knowing that this is even possible is super scary. Everyone must take responsibility for there actions. So who's fault is it?

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