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Fight ends in arrest for attempted murder
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A personal dispute between two men came to a head Wednesday morning and ended with one man hospitalized with a stab wound and another in jail on attempted murder charges.

Manuel Sandoval, 45, of Turlock was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of attempted murder, petty theft, and narcotics possession, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department in custody report. The sheriff’s department alleges Sandoval stabbed the victim in the upper torso when their argument turned physical.

The incident began around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of Kenwood Avenue, an unincorporated area of Turlock. Sheriff spokesman Deputy Andrew Winter said the victim was confronted by Sandoval as he was walking down the road. The two men started arguing and at some point, Sandoval struck the victim.

The victim attempted to flee to the backyard of a friend’s residence a short distance away, but Sandoval followed and eventually stabbed the victim in the backyard of the residence, Winter said.

Sandoval immediately fled the scene and was located near Wayside and Mitchell avenues less than 15 minutes later by Turlock police officers.

Family members reported the incident and transported the victim to an area hospital. He is in stable condition, Winter said.

The weapon was recovered by detectives.

Sandoval is scheduled for arraignment on Monday.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Detective 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.