ATWATER -- Two men are recovering after being assaulted and stabbed Sunday in the 1400 block of Cedar Avenue in Atwater, according to police.
Atwater police believe the crime is gang-related, according to Detective Armando Echevarria.
The incident was reported around 10 p.m. after two brothers, ages 29 and 25, were approached by three assailants in a light colored vehicle, possibly a Jeep Cherokee or Wrangler, Echevarria said.
The men got out of the car and assaulted the victims with a knife and a baseball bat, according to police. Echevarria said gang slurs were also said during the incident.
Paramedics took the victims, who had numerous stab wounds, to a hospital in Modesto. They are expected to recover.
Echevarria said descriptions of the men are sketchy, saying they are Latinos with bald heads.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Atwater Detective Adolfo Lomeli at (209) 357-6387 or the department's tip line (209) 357-6390. Callers can remain anonymous.
-- Victor A. Patton