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14-Year-Old Chico Gang Member Found Guilty in Two Stabbings

By Stephanie Vatz, Online Manager
Published On: May 16 2013 04:36:11 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

A 14-year-old Chico gang member was found guilty in Butte County Juvenile Court after stabbing two men outside of a local bar.

The juvenile, whose name is not being released, was walking with two females, one 16 years old and the other 21 years old. He was walking on East 20th St. near Winco when they passed two men.

The men, ages 29 and 28, allegedly made a comment about the teen "dragging his feet" and the teen and his companions took offense. The comment spurred a verbal argument which ended with the teen stabbing both men with a knife.

The 29-year-old victim received life-threatening wounds to his neck, back, side and abdomen. He underwent emergency surgery at Enloe Hospital where he stayed for several days. The other male was stabbed in his stomach and refused medical treatment.

District Attorney Mike Ramsey said that this stabbing was the first of a number of unrelated stabbings that took place in Chico beginning in February 2013. He noted that the stabbing was not gang-related even though the juvenile was a gang member.

He is still awaiting sentencing.