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Neighbors hold down stabbing suspect after Citrus Heights home invasion

A man suspected of entering a woman’s Citrus Heights duplex and stabbing her in the neck and back was stopped early Wednesday by two neighbors who tackled him.

When officers arrived at the home in the 6000 block of Rowan Way, the alleged assailant was being held down by neighbors who had heard screams, according to Citrus Heights police.

The man, identified by police as 24-year-old Jordan Lynch, then was arrested. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide and violation of probation.

Officers said they don’t believe there was any connection between the victim and the assailant.

The victim, identified by her husband as Delia Trip, was taken to a nearby hospital by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel. Later Wednesday, the woman’s husband, Corneliu Buduroi, said Trip was undergoing surgery for stab wounds to her neck and back, where the blade hit her kidney.

Buduroi was at work in Auburn when a neighbor called him just before 6 a.m. to tell him his wife was stabbed. Neighbors told Buduroi that his wife fought back when the intruder made his way into their residence, near San Juan Avenue, through a sliding door.

“It's not good,” he said. “Our life in this house will never be the same.”

Lauren Barber, who lives in the other unit of the duplex, said she was awakened about 5:20 a.m. to the screams of a different neighbor. She said she called 911 to report that someone was in the backyard.

Barber’s fiancé, Josh Estrella, a former high school football linebacker and wrestler, got out of bed and rushed to the street. There he found an unknown man who was running away with his arms out, she said. He knocked a knife from the man’s hands and took him to the ground.

“Josh tackled him and held his arms back,” Barber said. A second neighbor who lives across the street helped hold the man down until police arrived a few minutes later.

Barber said it took her and Trip a few minutes before they realized the extent of Trip’s injuries.

“She had blood on her neck and thought she was fine,” Barber said. “Then she just realized what was really going on.”

No one else was in the home at the time of the attack, Buduroi said.

Police praised the neighbors’ quick response.

“We’d like to thank the neighbors and the community who helped detain the subject,” said Lt. Ryan Kinnan. “It was because of their quick reaction that we were able to get the guy.”

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets