The Dos Palos Police Department arrested Jose Jimenez, 20, from Dos Palos, on Monday and booked him on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and participation in a criminal street gang.
The arrest came on the heels of a report of a stabbing that occurred in the 2600 Block of Blossom Street in Dos Palos at around 1:30 p.m. The incident was reported to the police department by a local area hospital.
Chief Barry Mann led the investigation, and was assisted by Officer Cliff Battles. Investigators were able to locate witnesses to the assault, and gained other leads that led to the identification of Jimenez as the suspect.
At around 11 p.m. the department was hand-delivered Jimenez by Deputy Dennis Johnson from the Merced County Sheriff Department. “We had advised the sheriff’s department earlier in the day that we wanted Jimenez for the assault, and Deputy Johnson did a great job in locating him several hours later and delivering him to us. “
During the interview with Jimenez, he admitted to being in the fight at the reported location, then quickly wanted recant when he was told that the victim was cooperating, according to a news release from the Dos Palos Police Department. Jimenez made initial claims of self-defense.
Jimenez was booked into the Merced County Main Jail.
“Jimenez is a known active gang member is the Dos Palos area and with the assistance of Deputy Johnson, his opportunities to continue assaulting others in the city of Dos Palos, just decreased,” Mann said in the news release.
The victim was later flown to a hospital, and it's believed that he will survive his injuries.
-- Posted by Mike Tharp