Three men attack, stab man

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008

LIVINGSTON — A 19-year-old man is recovering after he was stabbed up to 12 times early Monday morning, according to Livingston police.

Police said the victim isn’t believed to be a member of a gang, and the stabbing appears to be a random attack by strangers.

The stabbing happened shortly after 1 a.m. on the Main Street Highway 99 overpass, according to Livingston police Lt. Chris Soria. Soria said the victim, a Livingston resident, was walking north on Main Street when a group of men passed in an unidentified car.

Soria said the car stopped, and the victim thought the people who yelled at him were friends. After the three men got out of the car, however, Soria said they chased the victim and stabbed him between 10 and 12 times.

The victim was hit in the head at least once with a baseball bat, Soria said. The men left him wounded on the bridge. The victim called his brother from a cell phone, who alerted police.

At least one of the victim’s lungs was punctured during the attack, Soria said. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Stanislaus County.

Despite the number of stab wounds and viciousness of the attack, Soria said the victim is in stable condition and expected to recover. “He’s going to be all right, from my understanding,” Soria said.

Investigators provided few details Monday about the description of the attackers, saying they are still talking to the victim. Still, Soria revealed the perpetrators did yell gang slurs at the victim, so they could be members of a criminal street gang.

Although random gang attacks aren’t new in Livingston, Soria said Monday’s stabbing was the first to happen recently. “We haven’t had anything this bad in a while,” Soria said.

Livingston police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Patrick Geary at (209) 394-7916.

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