A man suspected of stabbing his co-worker with a knife during a confrontation on Wednesday afternoon at Rubrik, a cloud data management company in Palo Alto, has been booked into jail, police said in a press release.
The stabbing at the company's headquarters at 1001 Page Mill Road was reported to police around 2:20 p.m. and officers detained the alleged attacker, 21-year-old Lionel Munoz of Milpitas, about five minutes later without further incident, according to a press release issued Wednesday night.
Investigators learned there was a physical confrontation between Munoz and his co-worker, both outside contractors, inside the mailroom. In a surprise attack, Munoz allegedly stabbed the co-worker from behind and chased him outside of the building, police said.
The injured employee fled back to the building where another employee locked the door to stop Munoz from causing further harm, according to police.
Officers assigned to the scene found Munoz in the company's parking lot where he was holding a knife and placed him in custody, police said.
The employee targeted in the attack was stabbed multiple times, according to Rubrik employee Derek Kwan, who was not involved in the incident. The injured man was able to wave to people as an ambulance crew took him away on a gurney, according to Kwan.
The injured employee is undergoing treatment for multiple stab wounds and is expected to survive, the press release states. No other employees were injured and no one else is suspected of involvement in the incident.
Munoz was booked into Santa Clara County Man Jail in San Jose on suspicion of attempted murder. He will be held without bail, according to the county's online inmate locator database.
Investigators are looking into a motive for the stabbing, police said.
On Wednesday afternoon, police crime tape blocked access to a parking lot and an outdoor plaza between two buildings where one witness told the Weekly the stabbing occurred.
Numerous police and fire department vehicles responded to the scene in the 1000 block of Page Mill Road near Hanover Street in the Stanford Research Park. Several businesses are in the area, including Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, where access to one of the company's buildings across the street from the incident appeared to be blocked.
About two dozen people were standing outside of the buildings before 3 p.m. while others in vehicles were directed off the campus. No streets were blocked in the area.
"It's an evolving situation," said a Rubrik executive who declined to give his name.
Rubrik didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the stabbing on Wednesday.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.