Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred on Sunday, August 24, which they believe could be gang-related.
A 16-year-old boy was walking along the 1100 block of East Gutierrez Street around 10:30 p.m. when, according to what he to told police, a 19-year-old man stabbed him in the back as the two passed each other. The victim allegedly then heard his assailant yell out a gang name. The 16-year-old ran home and was briefly chased by his assailant. Once home, two of his relatives called a taxi cab take him to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. That cabbie, while en route to the hospital, called the police.
In a press statement on the matter, police spokesman Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte said the matter was ongoing. He did not say what the stabbed 16-year-old’s condition was.