Good Samaritan killed trying to stop Yucaipa robbery suspect


Authorities responded to a report of an armed robbery in a parking lot in the 34400 block of Yucaipa Boulevard at 9:37 p.m. Sunday and found a woman suffering from stab wounds. The female victim was rushed to a local hospital, where she is recovering from her injuries.

Investigators learned that a suspect had approached the woman and stole her purse, and she was stabbed during the confrontation.

Troy Cansler, a 47-year-old Yucaipa resident, chased the suspect, who tried to flee. Cansler was found with stab wounds on 4th Street near Yucaipa Boulevard. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.

Deputies located a suspect, identified as 26-year-old Vincent DeLeon of Yucaipa, inside a nearby business. He was arrested and booked at the West Valley Detention Center.

Cansler's aunt said she was not surprised that Cansler tried to help, saying "that was just the type of person he was."

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Homicide Detail at (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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