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Police Seek Clues In Stabbing
Oakdale police


Oakdale Police responded to emergency calls in the 400 block of Church Avenue on Sunday, Aug 9, at 2:45 p.m. regarding a person stabbed and bleeding.

When officers arrived they found a 24-year-old male on the ground with a puncture wound to his chest. The man told officers he was stabbed with a screwdriver by his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend and both had fled.

While officers were investigating, police were also notified of a man brought in by a woman at Oak Valley Hospital. The man had head wounds and told hospital staff he was jumped and kicked on Church Avenue.

Police determined that the two men were the combatants, but said they are getting conflicting accounts of what had occurred.

“We’re trying to put together a sequence of events,” said Oakdale Police Sergeant Brian Shimmel. “The stories aren’t matching.”

According to Shimmel, the victim stated he was stabbed but the other party was denying he stabbed him. The man who was stabbed was denying any assault on the person that had stabbed him.

Shimmel said a screwdriver was recovered at the scene and police are seeking witnesses to what had occurred to get an unbiased account.

“At this point it was some sort of custody exchange that went bad,” Shimmel said.

Both parties were treated at local hospitals and released since the wounds were non-life threatening.

Police stated that if no further information is received, they will forward the case to the district attorney’s office for review of charges.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Oakdale Police Department at (209) 847-2231.