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Eviction notice prompts knife attack

Man booked for attempted murder

POSTED November 9, 2010 11:15 p.m.

A 52-year-old Turlock man, described by his brother as having the mental capacity of a rash teenager, is being charged with attempted homicide after stabbing an apartment manager.

Joseph Slane, the brother of Charles Slane, the accused, said his brother was severely injured as a toddler in a car accident and that he has the emotional range and mental capacity of a 13 to 15-year-old boy.

The incident began early last week when Charles Slane, was served with a notice of eviction from his home at the Patel Palms Apartments at 1515 N. Palm Avenue. Joseph Slane said his brother lives with their elderly parents at the apartment and that he helps care for them and does their chores. He said the official reason on the eviction was for an alleged vandalism, but that the family believes it was for a personal dislike.

“I don’t know all the specifics, but I believe there is more to the story. He (the apartment manager) was upset that my brother had struck up a friendship with his girlfriend,” Joseph Slane said.

Joseph Slane said his brother was angry about the eviction notice and being told he was barred from the property. Charles Slane went to speak with the manager Monday morning about visiting his parents at the complex on Thanksgiving.

According to the police report, an argument developed between the two men and at some point Charles Slane pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the abdomen.

Charles Slane ran from the scene but was apprehended a short distance away. Joseph Slane said his brother was returning to the complex when he was taken into custody by the police.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his wounds and is now in recovery.

Joseph Slane said his brother is normally a very “happy, go-lucky” guy, but that something pushed him beyond his limits.

“He was really upset and told me, ‘I’m going to take care of this (profanity),” Joseph Slane said.

Charles Slane remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact Detective Jason Tosta at 664-7324.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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