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20-year-old charged with trying to kill dad

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POSTED February 28, 2014 1:27 a.m.

A Manteca man was arrested early Thursday morning for attempted murder after allegedly trying to kill his father while he was sleeping. 

Tony Baca, 20, was arrested by Manteca Police officers shortly after 6 a.m. when they responded to a call of a stabbing at a residence on the 1200 block of Huntington Place. 

The father, who appeared to be Baca’s focus, recognized his son was standing there and retreated into a bathroom where an altercation took place. The father was then, according to a report released by the Manteca Police, stabbed once in the shoulder and once in the arm. He was eventually able to fight off his son and lock himself in the bedroom for safety. His wife had called 911 as everything was unfolding. 

Officers were quickly able to piece together what happened, and arrested Baca after arriving on scene without incident. He was transported to the San Joaquin County Jail where he is being held on charges of attempted willful murder. 

Baca’s father was treated at the scene by medical personnel. His injuries were non-life threatening, and he did not require hospitalization. 

Investigators are still trying to determine what might have been the motive behind the incident. 

The last major altercation that involved knife wounds took place just after midnight on New Year’s Day. A 23-year-old man was found bleeding in the street along the side of Moffat Boulevard. He was found to have severe stab wounds and forced to undergo surgery at an area hospital of the severity of the wounds. 

As a whole, these types of crime have continued to fall in Manteca in recent years. 

Baca is being held without bail, and will appear in court on Monday, March 3, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 1 at the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court. 

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