Who is Trent William Millsap, suspect in NASCAR star Bobby East's stabbing?
- Bobby East was stabbed in the chest at a gas station in California on Wednesday
- The suspect was identified as Trent William Millsap
- Millsap was taken into custody on Friday and charged
The 27-year-old stabbed East in the chest at a 76 gas station, located at 6322 Westminster Blvd., just before 6 pm on Wednesday while he was fueling up.
The 37-year-old three-time US Auto Club (USAC) champ was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to injuries.
“The victim was found on the ground suffering from a serious stab wound to the chest area. Officers attempted life saving measures until OCFA paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local trauma center, where the victim succumbed to his injury,” the Westminster Police Department said in a news release.
Millsap fled the scene after the stabbing. Police began a manhunt for the suspect, who they said was armed and dangerous.
Authorities said Millsap was homeless and frequented Westminster, Garden Grove and Anaheim motels. He also had an outstanding parole warrant.
Millsap had stabbed another person at the same gas station before attacking East.
Police described him as 6 feet, 5 inches tall, with a muscular build. He was reported to have distinctive tattoos covering his head, face, neck, chest, arms, and hands.
Following a search that lasted for 2 days, Millsap was taken into custody and charged in connection with the stabbing, Deadline reported.
Bobby East was the son of USAC Hall of Fame car builder Bob East and hailed from Torrance, California. He hit the scene in 2001 at the age of 16. He won the USAC National Midgets that year, becoming the youngest winner ever at the time. He was awarded the USAC's Rookie of the Year.
Between 2005 and 2008, he took part in 42 NASCAR national competitions, winning several championships. He also won three USAC national driving titles and the SAC Silver Crown championships in 2012 and 2013.