Man stabbed in central Fresno for not sharing a cigarette

The Fresno BeeJune 28, 2014 

A Fresno man was stabbed by an acquaintance Saturday morning in central Fresno for not giving the suspect a cigarette, Fresno police reported.

The 33-year-old man told police he was walking on First Street from Clinton Avenue when the suspect, Paul Fernandez, 38, of Fresno, approached him and asked him for a cigarette. The victim said he usually would give Fernandez a cigarette but didn't want to be bothered Saturday, Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez reported.

The victim said Fernandez continued following him and punched him from behind without warning. The victim turned around, telling Fernandez to back off, when Fernandez stabbed him in the stomach, Gomez said.

The victim ran to a friend's apartment nearby, and when police found him he was bleeding profusely, Gomez said.

Police found Fernandez walking near an apartment complex in the 2800 block of North First Street. Fernandez raised his hands and surrendered when he saw police, who arrested him for assault with a deadly weapon. He was later booked to Fresno County Jail, Gomez said.

Witnesses saw Fernandez carrying a bloody knife and heard him say he stabbed someone. Witnesses also said he gave the bloody knife to an unknown Hispanic woman who ran away with the knife.

The victim is in stable condition at Community Regional Medical Center.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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