Person stabbed at Lake Yosemite

vpatton@mercedsunstar.comApril 23, 2013 

One person was hospitalized after being stabbed Sunday evening during an argument at Lake Yosemite, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

The victim is expected to recover. Details about the motive remain sketchy, but sheriff's deputies say the stabbing appears to be gang-related.

According to the Sheriff's Department, the stabbing was reported about 7 p.m. after an argument broke out among visitors to the lake.

The victim was driven to Mercy Medical Center for treatment. The victim was then flown to a Modesto hospital, according to Deputy Delray Shelton.

The people involved in the argument then moved their conflict onto the campus of UC Merced, a short distance from the lake.

UC Merced police responded after receiving calls about an altercation near the student residences, according to Lorena Anderson, a UC Merced spokeswoman.

UC Merced officers detained two juvenile suspects until sheriff's deputies arrived.

Shelton said there were reports that a second person was stabbed after the incident moved to UC Merced.

The second victim apparently left before deputies arrived. There haven't been any reports of a person with stab wounds checking into area hospitals for treatment, Shelton said.

No students from UC Merced were involved in the ordeal, Anderson said.

The two juveniles taken into custody by deputies were booked at Merced County Juvenile Hall.

Sheriff's detectives are asking witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Aaron Rosenberg at (209) 385-7472. Tips are kept confidential, and callers can remain anonymous.

City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.

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