Escalon Police are continuing their investigation into an early Friday morning altercation, Sept. 25 that left one man hospitalized with stab wounds.
A second man was also injured, but was treated and released for his injuries.
“At approximately 12:48 a.m. Friday, we were dispatched to the area of Franklin and Main, to a report of an argument involving several people,” explained Sgt. Gustavo Flores, who is heading up the investigation.
As officers were responding to that scene, a 9-1-1 call came in from the area of McHenry and First, with a woman reporting she was taking a stabbing victim to the hospital. Another 9-1-1 caller reported to police that he had been attacked while sitting in his vehicle while parked on Franklin; that his vehicle windows were broken out.
Flores said statements obtained indicated that the stabbing victim, a 38-year-old man, reportedly rammed his vehicle into the back of the vehicle parked on Franklin, then used a flashlight to break some of the vehicle windows, as well as hitting the driver, a 39-year old man, in the face and the back of the head.
The two men apparently were in an altercation regarding both being in a relationship with the same woman and the subject parked on Franklin fended off the other man with a knife, stabbing him several times during the fight. The stabbing victim was ultimately transported by medics to San Joaquin General Hospital and was last reported in serious but stable condition, according to Flores.
“It is an ongoing investigation,” Flores added.
The man who used the knife stayed on Franklin and the knife was recovered from the floorboard of his vehicle.
As of presstime, there had been no arrests made but Flores said police were still doing interviews and sorting out all the details before proceeding with forwarding the information to the District Attorney’s office for possible criminal action in the case.