Sheriff: Man, 19, stabs girlfriend then himself

Andrew Garcia
Andrew Garcia Fresno County Sheriff’s Office

A 19-year-old man accused of stabbing his 18-year-old girlfriend in the neck and later stabbing himself is in custody after he was arrested at Clovis Community Medical Center, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday afternoon.

The woman was hospitalized earlier with serious injuries, but the man’s wounds, which he inflicted on his own neck, appear less critical. He will be booked into Fresno County Jail on attempted murder charges.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said the incident occurred just after 10 a.m. Friday when the two began arguing in front of a house at East Saginaw Way and North Dewitt Avenue in the Tarpey Village area. The man, identified as Andrew Garcia of Fresno, pulled out a knife and stabbed the woman, and then ran away.

The woman was rushed to the hospital by a relative, who realized when their vehicle reached Minnewawa and Gettysburg avenues that the woman was bleeding profusely. The driver pulled over and called for an ambulance, which rushed the victim the rest of the way to a hospital.

Deputies began to search Tarpey Village for Garcia. At 11:15 a.m., they received word that a man matching Garcia’s description was at Clovis Community getting treatment for the self-inflicted wound. Garcia got a ride from a relative. He remained in custody at the hospital Friday afternoon but will be booked into the Fresno County Jail, Botti said.

Jim Guy: 559-441-6339, @jimguy27