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Police arrest 3 teens for stabbing; DA declines prosecution

POSTED January 18, 2013 9:50 p.m.

Turlock Police investigators have arrested three teenagers they believe were responsible for stabbing three people at a New Year’s Eve party, but the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office has declined to file charges at this time.

In the last week detectives arrested 19-year-old Dominic Goodwin of Turlock, 18-year-old Zachary Placido of Turlock and a 16-year-old Turlock boy. All three were arrested for suspicion of attempted homicide, according to Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

The arrests came three weeks after three men were stabbed during a party at a house in the 1500 block of Bluethroat Drive. Few details about the stabbing have been released, but it is known about 30 to 40 people were attending the party when the stabbings occurred.

A knife was recovered at the scene.

One victim, a 22-year-old man sustained life threatening wounds in the altercation and was flown by helicopter to a hospital for emergency surgery. The two other victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Lewis said all three victims have since been released from the hospitals and are in varying stages of recovery.

Goodwin and Placido were both taken into custody Wednesday during a class at Modesto Junior College’s east campus, Lewis said. The juvenile was arrested at the police department.

Both Goodwin and Placido were released from custody around 9 p.m. Thursday after the district attorney’s office gave them a letter of no complaint, meaning they were declining to prosecute at this time. It’s unknown what is happening with the juvenile.

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