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Violent stabbing downtown
Manteca Police: Attack not gang related
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Yellow crime scene tape cordoned off the scene of a stabbing attack Friday morning at the corner of Yosemite Avenue and Grant Street. - photo by GLENN KAHL
A Stockton man, believed to be in his 30s, was violently stabbed on a downtown Manteca street about 1:30 a.m. Friday and remains in critical condition following emergency surgery in a Modesto hospital.

Manteca Police spokesman Rex Osborn said a police dispatcher received a call from Doctors Hospital of Manteca at 1:35 saying an injured man had been dropped off at the emergency room with a single stab wound.

Osborn said that investigators have ruled out any gang connection in the case that occurred in the 100 block of east Yosemite Avenue.  He noted that the hospital had been told that the attack happened in the 200 block of West Yosemite and responding officers were unable to find an evidence of a crime at that location – three blocks away from the actual scene.

A woman taking a morning walk shortly after dawn Friday recognized a large blood stain on the sidewalk and a trail of blood that led across Grant Street to the corner of the 200 block.  Police believe it was there that someone picked up the injured man in a vehicle and drove him to the emergency room.

The hospital medics reacted to the seriousness of the wound and had the victim transported by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.  Arriving at that trauma unit, he immediately was taken into surgery, police reported.

The incident occurred in front of Kelley Brother’s Brewery, but there was no connection with that establishment that had closed for the night four hours earlier, police said.  Police officers and detectives arrived on the scene shortly after the woman’s call and cordoned off the sidewalk and crosswalk – closing Grant Street.

Detectives and a crime scene technician spent much of the morning investigating the area of the attack and gathering evidence of the assault.

Osborn said marks found in the dried blood may confirm the actual location of the attack and the connection to the victim through a blood match.  At press time Friday night the victim’s condition was upgraded to serious, police said.