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Denair fight ends with mass stabbings
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Several people, some as young as 14 years, were involved in a street fight in Denair that sent six to the hospital Thursday night with stab wounds of varying degrees of seriousness, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reported.
Three of the victims had to undergo surgery for their wounds, sheriff’s deputy Andrew Winter said. All six are in stable condition now, though the three operated on are not yet in a condition to talk with investigators, Winter said.
The sheriff’s department was dispatched to the area of Main Street and Merced Avenue, in Denair, to investigate the report of a stabbing. When deputies arrived on scene they located four victims waiting in their vehicle near the intersection, all with stab wounds. The victims were transported to Modesto area hospitals by ambulance.
Two additional victims were discovered at Emanuel Medical Center. The victims had been driven there by family members, Winter said.
The victim’s ages ranged from 14-21 years old and all appear to be family and/or friends. Several victims are from the Denair area and several are from Antioch.
Detectives believe the stabbings were the result of a war of words that took a violent turn. According to the victims’ statements, the suspects drove up to them and words were exchanged. Words led to the physical altercation that ended with the mass stabbings.
Winter said the detectives were investigating the possibility the fight was gang-related and had been having difficulty getting all the information from the victims.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about to contact Detective Frank Soria at 525-7080. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.