A man stabbed Wednesday evening in central Modesto remained hospitalized Thursday as police continued to look for two men suspected in the attack.
The 27-year-old Modesto man underwent surgery at a local hospital and was expected to survive his injuries, said Sgt. Rick Armendariz, a Modesto police spokesman. Police did not release his name to protect his safety.
Investigators believe a knife was used in the stabbing, but the weapon had not been recovered. The victim was not cooperative with police.
Armendariz said the stabbing appeared to be the result of a robbery or a drug deal gone wrong.
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The attack occurred about 5:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 600 block of East Granger Avenue, just west of Sunrise Avenue. Armendariz said the two suspects were seen assaulting the victim before running away.
Officers conducted a house-to-house search in the neighborhood south of East Briggsmore Avenue. About 8:40 p.m., the suspects had not been found and police called off the search.
Police described the suspects as two white men in their mid-20s. One of the suspects stood about 5 feet 10 inches tall and had tattoos on his arm. He was wearing shorts and a white shirt.
There was no description of the second suspect.
Police ask anyone with information about this stabbing to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636.
Tipsters can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.stancrimetips.org, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" and a message.
Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.