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Stabbing suspect caught a block from Turlock crime scene
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Tyler Vanwinkle

The suspect wanted for stabbing a man behind a Turlock business has been apprehended, the Turlock Police Department announced Thursday.

The suspect was identified by the police department as Tyler Vanwinkle, 21, of Salida. Vanwinkle has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for the stabbing of a 57-year-old man in the neck.

On Sept. 12 at about 4:40 a.m., the Turlock Police Department responded to a reported stabbing that occurred in the 400 block of N. Golden State Boulevard. The victim ran from the attacker and was eventually found by the police near the intersection of Golden State Boulevard and Crane Avenue. He left a blood trail through a couple of blocks in downtown that police officers were able to follow back to the crime scene.

Surveillance footage showed the two men talking and sitting on a bench behind a business on N. Golden State Boulevard for an extended period of time. Then for some reason, the suspect stabbed the man once in the neck.

Images of the suspect were shared to the public that included images of his tattoos. Investigators were able to identify Vanwinkle as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Patrol officers were advised that Vanwinkle was wanted for attempted murder and given a photograph of him. On Sept. 18, an officer on patrol observed a suspicious person in the 500 block of N. Golden State Boulevard who matched the description of Vanwinkle. During that contact, Vanwinkle identified himself and was subsequently taken into custody without incident.

Vanwinkle remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Clifford Lewis at 668-6556. People can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at 668-5550 ext. 6780 or email at