Police seeking identity of Catalina High stabbing suspect

stabberThe Tucson Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a male who stabbed a Catalina High School student in a parking lot near East Pima Street and North Palo Verde Boulevard. On January 9, 2014, at 3:39 p.m., Tucson Police officers were dispatched to Catalina High in reference to a large fight that occurred after school hours in a nearby parking lot. When officers arrived on scene, there were no signs of a fight, and no victims were located.

Approximately 15 minutes after officer’s left Catalina High, medical staff from a local area hospital notified Police that a patient reported that he had been stabbed in a fight near Catalina High. His injuries were non-life threatening.

Aggravated Assault Detectives responded and took over the investigation. After interviewing witnesses, Detectives determined that the pictured suspect, who is in his late teens and is not a student, attempted to engage in an arranged fight with other males, who were possibly students at Catalina High. The suspect brandished knives in both of his hands, which prompted the other males to back out of the fight. The suspect then targeted his attention towards the victim. He proceeded to punch and then stabbed the victim who, according to witnesses, was not involved.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5’5’’ to 5’6’’ tall, 130 to 150 pounds, in his late teens to early twenties, wearing a light grey shirt, grey jacket, blue jeans, white shoes, and a grey “Raiders” hat. He was last seen riding a bicycle southbound from the scene. Anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity of the suspect in the photographs below is urged to contact 88-CRIME or the Tucson Police Department’s Aggravated Assault Unit at 837-7552.

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