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Third Street Stabbing Investigated By Police
Multiple Cases

Riverbank Police have been busy with multiple crimes over the past couple of weeks, including a daytime stabbing on Third Street this past week.

According to police, the stabbing occurred on Thursday, March 16 just before 3:30 p.m.

Deputies were dispatched to the report of a stabbing at the Cobblestone Bakery at 6601 Third St. in Riverbank. The victim, who ran to city offices following the incident, was transported to a local hospital emergency room where he was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

Deputies learned the victim was standing outside of the bakery when the suspect approached him. The suspect walked into the business and the victim followed him. There was a brief argument and the suspect stabbed the victim one time in the stomach, with the suspect then fleeing the business. No arrests had been made as of press time and authorities had not released a possible motive for the stabbing.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult and detectives are seeking the public’s help with information regarding this incident. If you have any information, contact Detective Nunes at 209-869-7162.

Meanwhile, over the weekend the Riverbank Youth Baseball Softball Association (RYBSA) reported a burglary to Riverbank Police Services. Someone broke into their storage facility and stole some baseball helmets. The helmets were brand new, said Community Services Officer Melissa Hardy, and were just purchased by the league for the youth to use during its games.

“RYBSA is a small league and to have equipment stolen from them is a huge hit, in the end it’s the kids who suffer from the loss,” Hardy noted.

Authorities said any residents that come across someone selling youth helmets for low prices might want to contact the police before purchasing them; also if you have any information, notify CSO Hardy at the Riverbank Substation at 209-869-7162.

On Friday, March 17 during the graveyard shift, deputies responded to the 2800 block of Ward Avenue regarding a domestic violence incident. While attempting to take the non-compliant suspect, Edgar Salinas, 32, into custody, Deputy Victorino had his K9 “Kuma” on lead. Deputy Victorino and Kuma were then attacked by a pit bull at the residence, police said. The pit bull bit Kuma and Deputy Victorino had to shoot the pit bull to get him off of his canine partner. Deputies had to tase Salinas to get him into custody. Neither Kuma nor the pit bull suffered life threatening injuries, added authorities. Salinas was booked for domestic violence, resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer and criminal threats.

Earlier in the month, officers reported a busy weekend of calls, March 11 and 12.

On Sunday, March 12 at 8:17 p.m. Deputy Murphy contacted Michael Blake, 28, and conducted a parole search on him. Methamphetamine was found on him so his parole officer was contacted. He was booked for the possession of methamphetamine and a parole hold.

Deputy Winstead attempted to stop a bicyclist on Burneyville Road for a CVC (California Vehicle Code) violation on Sunday, March 12. The bicyclist fled and then attempted to destroy a glass pipe containing methamphetamine. Deputy Winstead caught the suspect who was identified as Daniel Stephens, 51. Stephens was booked for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer and for a probation violation.

Deputies also responded to a robbery on Saturday, March 11 around 11:44 p.m., which had just occurred at the Shell Station. The male suspect had fled the area prior to their arrival. No weapon was presented and nobody was injured during the incident. The suspect took cash from the clerk. The case remains under investigation.

A strong arm robbery was reported on Squire Wells Way around 4:25 p.m. on March 11; suspects stole items from the Home Depot and when an employee tried to intervene one of the suspects pushed a shopping cart into the employee. The case is currently being investigated by Riverbank Detectives.

If you have any information regarding any of the incidents listed, contact Riverbank Police Services at 209-869-7162.