A 50-year-old Merced man was airlifted to a Modesto hospital with severe injuries Thursday morning after being stabbed in the lower back, police reported Friday.
The incident happened in the 3200 block of Meadows Avenue about 2:10 a.m., according to Sgt. Rodney Court.
Police arrived in the area after receiving reports of a stabbing, but couldn't locate a victim at first, Court said.
After speaking to a witness, officers found the victim, who suffered a deep laceration to his lower back, near his spine.
According to Court, the victim was uncooperative and only would tell officers that he'd been stabbed by a Latino man after an argument.
The victim initially refused medical care, but agreed to be transported to a Merced hospital because of significant blood loss. He later was flown to a Modesto trauma center.
Officers were unable to locate other witnesses or evidence.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call (209) 385-6913, (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Tips can be sent via text message to TIP411 (847411). Include "COMVIP" in the text message.
Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.