SAN JOSE -- A woman was found stabbed to death Tuesday afternoon inside a residence behind Regional Medical Center in the city's 13th homicide of the year, according to San Jose police.

Officers were called about 2:55 p.m. to the 100 block of Jose Figueres Avenue, between Alum Rock and Luz avenues, by a neighbor who reported the woman was wounded inside an apartment there.

According to San Jose police spokeswoman Sgt. Heather Randol, the woman had at least one stab wound and was pronounced dead a short time later. Homicide detectives were summoned to the scene, and Randol said she expected them to be there late into the night.

"Nobody else was injured, and we don't have any suspects at this point," Randol said. "We can't say what happened at this point -- it's just too early to tell."

Residents milling about the neighborhood of multiunit apartment buildings said it's generally not a bad area, although it can get dicey at certain times.

"It's so scary," said Florence Alabastro, who lives in a nearby apartment with her family. "Sometimes I just let (my kids) play outside, in the patio and just watching them. But now, nuh-uh."

The victim was described by police only as an adult female. Further details were not immediately available.

At this point in 2013, the city had also recorded 13 homicides.


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Tuesday's crime scene is near the site of a violent Thanksgiving Day attack last fall where a man stabbed three people at an apartment complex on Luz Avenue. Albert Manuel Vasquez, 42, went on to carjack a van and lead a high-speed police chase that traversed the freeway and ended in a cul-de-sac near Mabury and White roads. Vasquez then rammed the stolen vehicle into a patrol car in an attempt to escape, spurring Officer Kevin Peters to shoot and kill Vasquez.

All three stab victims in that attack survived.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga. Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.