MERCED — A 62-year-old man was arrested during the weekend on suspicion of stabbing his friend during an argument, authorities reported Monday.
The incident was reported at 8:28 p.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of West 12th Street, according to Lt. Bimley West.
Police believe the men had been drinking. During the incident the injured man took out a knife from his pants pocket and pointed it at the suspect, 62-year-old Steven Watkins, according to reports.
Watkins then took the knife from his friend and stabbed him in the chest, police say.
The victim was flown to a Modesto hospital, and Watkins fled the scene, according to authorities. Police said Watkins took a shower and discarded his clothing, which was later found by officers.
Police eventually found Watkins, who claimed he was trying to knock the knife out of the victim's hand when the stabbing happened.
Watkins was booked at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of felony aggravated assault.