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Chico Police Arrest 15-Year-Old for Saturday Stabbing

Published On: Apr 02 2013 07:25:42 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 03 2013 11:13:16 AM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

Chico Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in a weekend stabbing in Chico.

It happened on Sunrise Court early Saturday morning.  Police found a 23-year-old man with stab wounds all over his body.

A family member of the victim said they believe the stabbing was the result of gang violence.

“They were the ones that were telling the suspect to go and fight with him,” said a family member who did not want to be identified.

The family member didn't see the incident herself, but says her brother did.

“He said they were all standing around saying, "Norte b***h!," and like that and he was like, he not even a gang member or nothing, so why are you guys fighting him,” the family member said.

Chico Police revealed Tuesday morning they arrested a 15-year-old on Sunday afternoon in connection with the stabbing.

“He has gang associations – whether he's an active gang member has not been confirmed,” said Lieutenant Mike O’Brien from the Chico Police Department.

Police said they found the 15-year-old in a car with his parents near West 9th Street.  They found him while trying to find a stolen iPhone that was reported to them that morning.

They tracked the phone  and it led to the juvenile.

“Based upon what was inside the vehicle,  meaning a packed suitcase, it appears he was leaving area,” said Lt. O’Brien.

Police said that they cannot confirm that he was packing to leave.  Detectives said they received surveillance video from the owners of the homes on Sunrise Court that helped identify the 15-year-old.

“The video is somewhat concerning, it shows individuals with firearms.  It also shows the weapon that was used,” said Lt. O’Brien.

The family member also told us gang members from Live Oak were pressuring the 15-year-old to stab the victim.

“They were the ones instigating the suspect to go on and fight,” said the family member.

She said the victim was hurt pretty badly, suffering from five stab wounds

She told us that she believes this stabbing was to initiate the 15-year-old into the gang.

"Well somebody gave him a shot and now he's behind bars and he's only 15.  He wasted his life by doing something stupid,” the victim's family member said of the juvenile suspect.

The Butte County District Attorney’s Office said the 15-year-old was arrested twice in 2012, but they would not reveal which crimes he had been arrested for.

The juvenile was arraigned Tuesday afternoon.