A fight over a cell phone led to a stabbing of two women, one of whom remains in critical condition from the attack, according to the Turlock Police Department.
Arrested for the attack and charged with attempted homicide is Maribel Gonzalez, 40, of Turlock.
The incident began shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday when a verbal argument over a cell phone escalated into a physical assault. Turlock Police spokesperson Sgt. Stephen Webb said Gonzalez had been looking for her cell phone and believed the family members of the victims had it in their possession.
The fight over the cell phone escalated to the point that Gonzalez used a knife and stabbed two women, a 45-year-old and a 26-year-old, according to the police department.
The first officers to arrive at the residence in the 700 block of W. Olive Avenue found the two women suffering from multiple stab wounds.
The 45-year-old victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening wounds and as of Monday she was listed in critical condition, Webb said. The 26-year-old victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated on scene.
A witness to the stabbing followed Gonzalez after the attack and was able to lead the officers to her location. She was taken into custody in the 600 block of Columbia Street without incident.
The knife used in the assault was recovered. It’s unknown what type of knife was used.
Gonzalez did know both of the victims, Webb said.
Gonzalez is currently on probation for a 2013 conviction on a charge of willful cruelty to a child causing possible injury and/or death. She entered a no contest plea to the charge in 2014 and was sentenced to probation. She has had three probation violations since that time with the last occurring on March 17, according to Stanislaus County Superior Court records.
Gonzalez remains in custody in lieu of a $250,000 bail.
Delete - Merge UpAnyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Frank Navarro at 664-7319.