A man was in custody Monday for allegedly stabbing a woman to death in Canoga Park over the weekend, authorities said.
Oscar Valenzuela, 40, of Sunland was booked on suspicion of murder in the death of Elisa Lopez, 40, of Canoga Park, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Valenzuela was being held on $2 million bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Officers sent to the 6900 block of Canoga Avenue about 5:25 a.m. Sunday on a report of an assault with a deadly weapon found Lopez lying on the street, suffering from multiple stab wounds, the LAPD reported. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The investigation revealed that the victim was stabbed either inside or outside of her vehicle, a 2003 green Ford Expedition,” police said in a statement. “Detectives are still investigating what led up to the stabbing. According to witnesses, the suspect was seen fleeing the area in the victim’s vehicle.”
According to the LAPD, the vehicle ran out of gas on the southbound San Diego (5) Freeway near Dana Point, where Valenzuela was taken into custody by California Highway Patrol officers.