(Press Release) Fresno County Sheriff’s MAGEC detectives are investigating the stabbing of a 17-year-old Tuesday night on Christmas Tree Lane near Van Ness & Griffith.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received information from an off-duty deputy advising of the stabling and that he was currently chasing a possible suspect on foot. The call was immediately broadcast to deputies in the field.
At about the same time, a citizen called in reporting the stabbing incident. The caller advised he had witnessed a large group of juveniles get into a fight near the intersection of Van Ness & Griffith. As the fight broke up, he saw a subject fall to the ground, and several other subjects run from the area. When he checked, he found the subject had been stabbed. The caller rendered first aid to the victim until emergency medical personnel arrived.
Responding patrol deputies assisted the off-duty deputy who had lost sight of the suspect in the area of Palm & Hampton. Assisted by CHP and Fresno PD officers, a perimeter was set up around the area and a search started by deputies, along with K-9 “Oka.”
During a yard by yard search in the 4000 block of N Safford Avenue, K-9 Oka located the suspect who was hiding in some bushes. The suspect refused several commands to come out. K-9 Oka was then deployed and successfully persuaded the suspect to comply with the deputy’s commands.
The suspect, a 17-year-old male juvenile, was taken into custody without further incident. Subsequent investigation found that he had been involved in the fight but was not involved in the stabbing. It was learned that he had run from deputies because he was on probation and did not want to be arrested. The juvenile was transported to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment of dog bites suffered during his arrest. He was later booked into the Juvenile Justice Facility on charges of resisting arrest and probation violations.
The victim, who was also transported to Community Regional Medical Center, underwent surgery for his injuries. He is currently in stable condition.
The investigation is ongoing and detectives believe the incident is gang related. As of now, no suspects have been arrested for the stabbing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective James Dunn at (559) 246-1539, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 488-3111, or CrimeStoppers at 498-STOP(7867).