Stanislaus County sheriff's gang investigators arrested a 17-year-old Modesto boy suspected of stabbing a 13-year-old boy Friday night as he walked near Robertson Road Elementary School in west Modesto, a department spokesman said.
The victim was stabbed multiple times and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he underwent surgery, said deputy Royjindar Singh. He said the victim's injuries were life-threatening Friday night, but his condition had improved and stabilized Saturday night.
Sheriff's officials did not release the victim's name to ensure his safety.
Singh said it appeared the attack was gang-related.
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Members of the Sheriff's Team Investigating Narcotics and Gangs arrested the Modesto teen at his home on Figaro Avenue, several blocks northeast of the the attack, Singh said.
Booked at juvenile hall
The teenager was booked at the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted murder. Sheriff's officials did not release his name because he is a minor.
The attack occurred shortly after 7 p.m. in the 1900 block of Robertson Road.
Modesto police were first to arrive and later turned over the investigation to the Sheriff's Department.
According to sheriff's officials, the victim was walking with a friend east on Robertson when the teenager who was later arrested and three other suspects started shouting gang terms at them.
The victim's friend told sheriff's officials the four suspects were carrying hunting knives. The 17-year-old approached the victim and stabbed him in the stomach, chest, back and face before the suspects fled, according to sheriff's officials.
STING detectives found two of the four suspects, which led them to the Figaro Avenue home and the teenager suspected of stabbing the victim.
The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information about this stabbing to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers can leave an anonymous tip and be eligible for a cash reward.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.