Two men suffered knife wounds in what turned into a potentially life-and-death struggle Saturday in Armona that ended only after deputies intervened minutes before they were about to pull away from the area.
Raul Gonzalez, 31, was disarmed but not before he stabbed two men and then fought with Kings County Sheriff’s deputies in the 14000 block of Hanford Armona Road, according to a department news release.
Deputies were in the area about 10 a.m. looking for Gonzalez, who they say had been recently released from prison but had run away from a treatment program in Bakersfield. Information pointed to Gonzalez being in Armona, but after checking several areas, deputies were about to give up their search.
As the officers were getting ready to leave, a woman fled from a residence. She ran up to a patrol vehicle, they said, yelling that someone had broken into her home.
When the deputies got inside, they found two men who also lived there struggling to fend off a man identified as Gonzalez, armed with a 10-inch kitchen knife.
One of the victims already had been stabbed in the head; both ended up with multiple cuts and abrasions to their hands and faces.
Gonzalez, who Kings County authorities said has a history of weapons and narcotics offenses and assaults on correctional staff, allegedly tried to grab one of the deputy’s guns out of its holster and a Taser from their hands, according to the release.
Further investigation revealed that earlier a man had been seen jumping neighborhood fences and walking through backyards. When he reached the victims’ home, he found an elderly man and forced him back inside. The assailant was holding the residents at knifepoint when a younger man made a move to take away the weapon.
During the scuffle, the woman was able to escape and flag down the deputies.
Even then, the fight continued for several more minutes. Although the deputies were able to get between the attacker and the two other men, the officers said they were punched and headbutted several times resulting in minor injuries.
Gonzalez was booked into Kings County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest.