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Man arrested in stabbing in southeast Fresno

Rodrique Thomas, 32, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the life-threatening stabbing of a 27-year-old man Friday night in southeast Fresno.

Fresno police Sgt. Steve Viveros said the stabbing took place on the 2400 block of South Paula Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. The victim arrived at Community Regional Medical Center with a wound in his neck. He was rushed into surgery and is expected to recover.

Officers learned that both men were at a party before the attack and identified Thomas as the suspect. He was arrested at his home on the 300 block of North Orchard Avenue.

Deputy fires on man wielding bladed weapon

A deputy fired on a man who confronted deputies with a bladed weapon Tuesday afternoon in Mendota, the Fresno County Sheriff's Department reported. The man was taken to a hospital after a brief standoff.

Lt. Michael Brand said the shooting happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. Deputies were called to the 1200 block of Oller Street, where the man was threatening people with an ax, Brand said.

When the man saw deputies, he ran into an apartment and deputies deployed less-lethal weapons. The man was wounded with either an electronic stun device, a beanbag round or a pepperball irritant, said Brand, who was not present when the incident occurred.

The man then charged deputies with either a machete or pruning shears. A deputy fired at the man with his handgun, and he again retreated. He surrendered about 40 minutes later with an injured elbow, Brand said. It was unclear whether he had been hit by the gunshot or injured the elbow in some other manner.

He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Charges are pending, Brand said.

Whoever threatened mayor not found yet

Initial efforts to discover who made a death threat against Fresno Mayor Alan Autry and the Rev. Jim Franklin for their support of Proposition 8 were unsuccessful, but the investigation continues, police spokesman Jeff Cardinale said Tuesday.

An e-mail was sent before the Nov. 4 election to Autry's office at City Hall containing detailed threats against Autry and Franklin. Prop. 8, which passed, amends the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Cardinale said search warrants were served on an Internet provider and a person with a home computer. After interviews and further investigation, Cardinale said, the person turned out to have been "spoofed" -- the innocent victim of computer identification theft. Cardinale declined to identify the person.

It was this ID thief who most likely made the threat to Autry and Franklin, Cardinale said. He said more search warrants are being served, but declined to give details.

"When an arrest is made, the chief [Jerry Dyer] will address the public," Cardinale said.