Suspect stabs teen during robbery at Patterson home

etracy@modbee.comAugust 5, 2013 

    Erin Tracy
    Title: Breaking news reporter
    Coverage areas: Breaking news, crime
    Bio: Erin Tracy started working for The Bee in September 2010. She has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University and previously worked at the Daily Democrat in Woodland and the Times-Standard in Eureka.
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— A teenage boy was stabbed during a residential robbery in Patterson on Monday morning, and two suspects were arrested after authorities say they crashed into deputies' patrol cars while attempting to flee the scene.

Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of Bella Flora Lane after a burglary in progress was reported about 9:40 a.m. after the 15-year-old victim, home alone, heard noises downstairs, said Sgt. Keith Rakoncza.

The boy found a window had been broken. He armed himself with a knife for protection and called 911.

A dispatcher told the boy to leave the home and wait for deputies outside. Authorities believe one of the suspects, identified as Sean McCullough, 21, of Oakland, was attempting to leave the through the front door at the same time as the victim.

The teen and his attacker began to fight; during the altercation, the attacker took the knife from the victim and stabbed him in the arm before fleeing, Rakoncza said.

Authorities say McCullough got into a car with a second suspect, identified as Sharde Smith, 22, of Stockton.

The pair were driving away from the scene as deputies Daniel Hutsell and Jason Parker arrived. Rakoncza said McCullough drove his vehicle directly at Hutsell, who had to swerve to prevent a head-on collision. The deputy's car was struck on the driver-side door.

The suspects continued south on Bella Flora and toward Parker, who was about 50 feet behind Hutsell, Rakoncza said. He said the suspects drove at Parker, causing a head-on collision and pushing his patrol car off the road and onto the sidewalk.

Both suspects got out of the car and ran, Rakoncza said. McCullough jumped several fences into back yards before Hutsell caught him. McCullough fought with the deputy and had to be subdued with a Taser, Rakoncza said. Smith was detained without incident on nearby Lily Drive.

Stolen property from the victim's home was found inside McCullough and Smith's vehicle, Rakoncza said.

The teenager was taken by ambulance to Emanuel Medical Center for his stab wound, which was not life-threatening. The deputies also did not suffer serious injuries, Rakoncza said.

McCullough was booked on suspicion of conspiracy, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, burglary and reckless driving while evading a peace officer. Smith was booked on suspicion of conspiracy and burglary. She also had warrants from Stockton for failing to appear in court.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Patterson Police Services at (209) 892-5071. People can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters also e-mail at, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.

Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at or (209) 578-2366. Follow her on Twitter, @ModestoBeeCrime.

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