Ceres man stabbed outside Modesto pizzeria

A 33-year-old Ceres man is in serious condition at a local hospital after being stabbed in the back during an altercation at a north Modesto pizzeria.

Modesto police Sgt. Brian Findlen said an officer responded to a call at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday about a fight involving multiple men inside John's Incredible Pizza, 2225 Plaza Parkway.

The fight moved to the parking lot and the combatants left before the officer arrived, Findlen said. Someone inside the business noticed blood, and soon after a hospital representative called the police to report a possible stabbing victim had come to the emergency room.

Witnesses told the officer the victim was one of three men who teamed to fight two others. A third man joined in on the opposing side.

After further investigation, officers arrested Panfilo Sarabia Preciado, 48, at a home on the 3200 block of Sagittarius Avenue in Ceres. He was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon. The victim's name was not released.