April 8, 2013

Man breaks into garage, stabs Modesto woman in calf, escapes

A woman about to do laundry in her north Modesto garage was stabbed by an intruder on Monday afternoon. The woman was stabbed in the calf and taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

A woman about to do laundry in her north Modesto garage was stabbed by an intruder Monday afternoon.

About 4:15 p.m., the woman went into her garage at a house in the 600 block of Fern Street to do laundry, said Sgt. Garret Crawford of the Modesto Police Department.

Seconds later, she was surprised by the intruder, described as a white man, possibly 18 to 24 years old and wearing all black. She tried to run back into the house and was stabbed in the calf.

The man ran to the side yard of the home, jumped on a trash can and climbed over the fence into the back yard of a house to the east on Columbine Drive.

One of the woman's children called police.

The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police set up a perimeter and a police dog tracked the man's scent to the north. However, police said because of the high wind, the dog lost the scent after a few blocks.

The woman told police she did not know the man. She told police her garage doors were secured, so she doesn't know how the man entered.

The case remains under investigation. Police ask anyone with information on the case to contact Crimestoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message.

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

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