Odie James Miller, 20, allegedly fled following the attack in the vicinity of Renaissance Avenue and Towne Centre Drive around 12:15 p.m. Aug. 6, according to San Diego police. The victim suffered several non-life-threatening wounds, police said, after being stabbed more than 40 times.
Bail was set at $500,000. If convicted, Miller faces 12 years in prison.
The Deputy District Attorney's Office said in court that the victim, a 44-year-old biotech executive, was walking to a meeting Aug. 6 when Miller approached him and began stabbing. Miller was later believed to be inside a residence in the 4300 block of Rolando Boulevard, but he apparently escaped. SWAT officers later cleared out of the area, police said. About 10:40 a.m. Aug. 7, officers reportedly tracked down the suspect at Broadway and Park Boulevard in downtown San Diego and took him into custody following a brief struggle.
Miller's father, also named Odie, said his son has a history of mental illness. Earlier this year, the elder Miller said, his son had threatened to kill him, following which the younger Miller was placed on probation.