A dropout gang member hospitalized after being stabbed several times west of Highway 99 is expected to survive, Fresno police reported Wednesday.
The 35-year-old man was not identified by police. He was attacked about 3:30 a.m. by two men at a hotel in the 3000 block of North Parkway Drive.
Lt. Joe Gomez, a Fresno police spokesman, said the incident began when the victim and a male companion went to Parkland Hotel in search of a dog that belonged to the companion. The victim encountered two suspects and a woman at a stairwell. One of the suspects said “what’s up, dog?” to the victim in “an unkind tone,” Gomez said.
The victim and the suspects began to fight, and the victim was stabbed multiple times in the neck, back, chest, armpit and leg.
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The victim and a witness sought the help of police officers who were nearby, checking on a parolee. The victim was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was in stable condition.
Gomez said the victim told officers, “I don’t know anything.”
Police said the suspects may be about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with tattoos on their faces.