A gardener was stabbed multiple times early Wednesday by a would-be carjacker in southeast Fresno, police reported.
The victim was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center in serious condition after the assault, which took place just after 8 a.m. in the 300 block of North Second Street, near the major intersection of First and Tulare streets.
Sgt. Pete Boyer said the gardener lost a lot of blood in the attack.
Boyer said the gardener was cutting weeds in an alley when he was approached from behind by the assailant, who demanded the keys to his gardening truck and trailer. When the victim refused, he was stabbed once in the upper torso and twice in his extremities, Boyer said. The attacker then ran west toward First Street.
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The attacker was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, slender and dressed in black clothing. He spoke Spanish when he demanded the truck, Boyer said.
Police did not have specific information about the knife used in the stabbing.
The suspect is wanted for attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon.
The attack was witnessed by several neighbors. Boyer said one person wanted to help the victim but was restrained by his mother, who didn’t want her son to be stabbed as well.
Said Boyer of the attack: “This is an honest victim just doing his work and trying to make a living.”
Jim Guy: 559-441-6339