Officials were searching for a man who is allegedly the person behind a violent stabbing at the University Town Center on Renaissance Avenue early Wednesday in San Diego.
They later found Odie James Miller, who allegedly stabbed a 44-year-old multiple times in a random attack, police said. The victim suffered wounds to his head, neck, torso, arms, and hands.
The 20-year-old Miller was found at about 10:30 a.m. and put into custody after officers first surrounded his mother’s home on Rolando Boulevard around 3 a.m.
Miller’s father, also named Odie Miller, told U-T San Diego that his son has a long history of mental illness and was diagnosed as bipolar about eight years ago.
His son threatened to kill him earlier this year, he said, so he called police and his son ended up on probation.
His son was turned out of probation on Monday, months early.
He hadn’t been taking proper medications since he turned 18.
“I kept trying to get him some help,” said the elder Miller, a Rancho Peñasquitos resident. He said that he didn’t want his son being killed by police as he’s heard happen to others.
“I was hoping to prevent that. There are holes in the system. It’s not just my son. You hear stories about ‘my son’ all across the country.”
He added that he’s sorry for the man who was injured by his son.