Dispute leads to stabbing in Turlock

Two Turlock men were injured Thursday night in a dispute that escalated into a stabbing on South Avenue, police said Friday. The injuries to both men appeared not to be life-threatening, according to Turlock police. An update on their conditions was not available Friday afternoon and police did not release their names.

About 9:15 p.m., 911 dispatchers received several calls to report a stabbing in the 600 block of South Avenue, between Martinez Street and West Avenue South. Officers found a 24-year-old man sitting in a car. Police said the man had a stab wound in his leg and was airlifted to a local hospital. Witnesses were uncooperative, police said, and gave officers conflicting statements.

The investigation eventually led to a nearby apartment, where a blood trail was followed to a bedroom. There, officers found a 20-year-old man with a minor hand wound. Police said the man was hiding in a closet and had blood all over his clothing. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Turlock police Sgt. Tony Silva said the two men know each other. "The motive is they have issues together," Silva said. "They don't like each other, is my understanding."

Silva said police have recovered a knife with blood on it. The stabbing is under investigation. No arrests have been made.