Fight over dog leads to serious stabbing in central Fresno

The Fresno BeeJune 12, 2014 

Luis Arce

A fight that started over a dog ended when a 21-year-old man was seriously stabbed around 5 p.m. Thursday -- a deep laceration that extended from his shoulder to the elbow of his left arm, said Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez.

Witnesses said the suspect, a roasted corn vendor named Luis Lorindo Arce, 33, was driving through central Fresno when he became enraged by a group of people who were talking loudly about how Arce had kicked a dog the day before, Gomez said. The dog had nipped Arce's foot Wednesday, and Arce responded with a kick.

That incident led to Thursday afternoon's dispute at East Normal Avenue and Mayfair Drive West. Arce jumped off his cart in a threatening manner and started fighting with victim Julius Seamster, 21, who is a friend of the dog's owner, Gomez said.

"Arce took the first swing and the victim initially believed Arce had simply punched him, but shortly after Arce hit him he saw he was bleeding profusely from his left arm," Gomez said. "The victim realized he had been stabbed."

Seamster is in stable condition at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. His injury is not life-threatening, Gomez said.

Arce was arrested and booked into Fresno County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, Gomez said, and Arce's large folding knife was booked into evidence.

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