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Man Airlifted to the Hospital After Being Stabbed at His Own Home

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Mar 12 2013 09:30:24 PM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

A 43-year-old man was airlifted to Enloe Medical Center after the Butte County Sheriff's Office said he was stabbed at his own home.

Michael Wimberly was just sitting in a chair watching his grandkids playing in front of his parents' house until someone pulled up asked him for gas and then stabbed him.

"That's basically what happened, it [was] just over gas,” said Wimberly’s sister, Karen Parrish.

Parrish has lived in a part of Oroville known has Honcut all of her life.  She says this part of town is very quiet.  It’s a place where hardly anything happens.

“Stuff like this doesn't happen,” said Parrish.

Parrish says while her brother was watching the kids when a heavy set Hispanic man drove up in a blue Honda and asked mike for some gas.  Mike said he didn't have any.  Parrish then told us the conversation got heated.

“He said one thing led to another, the guy just stuck him, stabbed him right in the side,” said Parrish.

Family members called paramedics and the butte county sheriff's office and Mike was airlifted to Enloe Medical Center.

Fortunately, he was back at home later that night. Parrish says she's now concerned about the safety of their seven grandkids playing in the front yard.

“You can't let the kids play out front.  It's kind of scary,” said Parrish.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff's Office.