Man arrested in Los Banos in connection with Merced stabbing

An arrest has been made in the brutal stabbing of a 29-year-old man outside a Merced grocery store last month.

Abraham Roberto Ayon, 28, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Los Banos by Merced police and members of the Merced Multi-Agency Gang Task Force.

After detectives received information Ayon was at a residence in the 400 block of I Street, he was taken into custody without incident, according to Detective Joe Deliman. Ayon is accused of stabbing the victim multiple times outside Grocery Outlet at 1125 West Main Street.

Police believe the victim was stabbed after interrupting an argument between Ayon and another man in the parking lot of the store around 5 p.m. Feb. 19. After the victim walked up to the two men, the suspect attacked him, slashing him across the face and stabbing him several times.

Although the victim has been released from the hospital, Deliman said he hasn't fully recovered from his injuries. He suffers from speech problems and is being treated by a speech therapist.

Police said the victim didn't know Ayon before the stabbing. Ayon was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.

Merced police are asking for witnesses who have information about the stabbing to call Detective Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tip-line at 209 385-4725. Callers can remain anonymous.