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Man faces charges in knife attack
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James Michael Wayne Smith, 24, is led from his home in the 600 block of East North Street by officers following a late afternoon alleged knife assault against a 20-year-old man living in the same residence. - photo by GLENN KAHL

An alleged knife attack in a Manteca home left two men bloodied Wednesday afternoon with one going to jail charged for alleged assault with a deadly weapon, battery and making terrorist threats upon a 20-year-old man living in the residence.

James Michael Wayne Smith, 24, was expected to be transported to the San Joaquin County Jail last night where bail was to be set along with an expected court date in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court.  

The attack brought five patrol cars to the home in the 600 block of East North Street at about 5:30 p.m. A number of individuals had been living together in a small two-bedroom home where the victim bedded down outside the living quarters in the one-car garage.

The victim had exited the home and ran to the front of the adjacent residence on the corner of Fremont Street where he went to the ground and leaned against a chain link fence.  He was examined by ambulance personnel but like the suspect he refused treatment for injuries to his face and back.

Police did not divulge what the fight was about but they said they believed Smith had thrown a knife at the victim during the melee that brought the 911 call to the police department.  Officers confiscated two long butcher knives from one of the rooms of the home and entered them into evidence.

Police called the city code officer to inspect and photograph the exterior and interior of the structure to ensure it was safe for inhabitants to be inside.  The front of the house had two broken windows that had yet to be repaired, officers noted.