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Man stabbed for wearing wrong colors, Manteca police say

MANTECA - Police arrested three men on suspicion of attempted murder this weekend after they appear to have stabbed a man who wasn’t wearing the “correct colors,” officials said.

Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, several carloads of people from Stockton pulled up to a Manteca liquor store, said Sgt. Danny Erb from the Manteca police gang unit. They may have been heading to a party.

“The group of individuals in these three cars did not like the color he was wearing,” Erb said. “They got in a fight with him. One person in that group stabbed him four to five times in the torso, arm and buttocks.”

Erb did not know the condition of the wounded man, who was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp from A1 Liquors at 420 West Yosemite Avenue.

“He looked pretty bad,” he said. “As of when we got off 4 a.m. Sunday, he was still alive.”

The hospital was unable to provide an update of the victim’s condition Monday.

Police were able to identify three men they believe were connected to the stabbing. They arrested Martin Rafael Ochoa, 19; Omar Virgen, 20; and his brother, Jose Marcelo Virgen, 21, according to police spokesman Rex Osborn.

The men were being held without bail on suspicion of attempted murder and street terrorism. Jose Marcelo Virgen was also arrested in connection with driving on a suspended license and possessing an ounce or less of marijuana, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.

They are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.

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