Crime

Teenager stabbed at gas station in central Fresno, suspect takes off north on Highway 99

A 16-year-old male is in critical but stable condition after receiving multiple stab wounds outside a gas station in central Fresno Friday night, according to police.
A 16-year-old male is in critical but stable condition after receiving multiple stab wounds outside a gas station in central Fresno Friday night, according to police. Marilyn Castaneda

A 16-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times at a gas station in central Fresno on Friday night and the suspect fled north on Highway 99, police say.

The crime happened before 8 p.m. at the Sinclair gas station on Belmont Avenue east of Highway 99, Lt. Bill Dooley said. The boy, whose name hasn’t been released, received several stab wounds in his chest and arms and was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Dooley described what police believe happened: The victim and his 15-year-old friend were walking from their nearby home to the gas station. When they neared the gas pumps, a male outside of his van began to argue with the victim, which led to a physical confrontation. The male suspect then pulled out a knife and began stabbing the victim.

The victim did not know the suspect and there was no reason for the verbal or physical argument to take place, Dooley said.

The suspect fled north on Highway 99 in the van, described as white or silver. He was accompanied by two females and another male. Police alerted Madera County authorities including the sheriff’s office and Madera police to be on the lookout. The suspect is described as Hispanic, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a long ponytail, shaved head, wearing a gray shirt, cargo pants and tattoos on his neck.

Dooley said officers received surveillance video from the gas station and will release it at a later time.



Marilyn Castaneda: 559-441-6087, @MarilynCast98
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