Crime

July 8, 2014

Ceres couple arrested after stabbing attacks

Ceres police arrested a man and a woman from Ceres on suspicion of stabbing two people in separate attacks last week.

Ceres police arrested a man and a woman from Ceres on suspicion of stabbing two people in separate attacks last week.

According to a news release issued Tuesday, the first incident was reported at 3:11 a.m. Thursday, when a 51-year-old man came to a fire station on Fowler Road to seek medical attention for a stab wound to his abdomen.

The man said he had been walking his bicycle on a canal bank when an off-leash pit bull being walked by a man and a woman attacked him. The woman then stole the victim’s bicycle and backpack as the man attacked and stabbed the victim, police said.

About 20 minutes later, officers found a second victim. A 21-year-old male standing in the middle of the street waved officers down for help. The man said he had been driving on Mitchell Road when he saw a man, woman and dog walking in the street. He couldn’t avoid hitting the dog. The driver pulled over to check on the dog and apologize to the owners; they attacked him and stabbed him, also in the abdomen, police said.

Just before 4 a.m., a security guard reported seeing a man, woman and dog near Rose Avenue and 10th Street. After setting up a perimeter, police arrested Randy Salazar, 18, on charges of robbery and attempted murder. Krysta LaFrancis, 19, was arrested at the Ceres Police Department when she attempted to collect her personal property from the scene the night before, police said. She was booked at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery and attempted murder.

Police said both victims are expected to make a full recovery; officers did not know the status of the dog.

Investigators ask anyone who has information about the incidents to contact Detective Derek Perry at (209) 538-5730 or derek.perry@ci.ceres.ca.us.

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