BARSTOW • Three people were stabbed early Friday morning after two parolees allegedly tried to steal a Barstow homeowner's decorative fountain from his front yard.
According to a Barstow Police report, officers responded to the 600 block of Francis Drive around 1:47 a.m. after receiving reports that someone was stealing something from a homeowner's front porch and that the homeowner had been stabbed.
Police found that two men — identified by police as Barstow residents Harry Carrillo, Jr., 28, and Eric Begay, 25 — knocked on the victim's door and asked for someone who did not live at the address, according to the report. The person who answered the door told the two men that she did not know the person they were asking about.
Carrillo and Begay then allegedly took a decorative fountain from the front yard, according to the report. The 42-year-old homeowner came out of his house and confronted the two men.
Barstow Police Sgt. Andy Espinoza Sr. said police don't know why the men picked up the plastic composite fountain and estimated its value between $200 and $300.
One of the men then threw the fountain at the homeowner and punched him in the face, while the other man stabbed the victim, according to the report. During the struggle, some members of the homeowner's family — who were at the home for Thanksgiving — came out and tried to pull Carillo and Begay off the victim.
During the struggle, Carillo, Begay and the homeowner all suffered stab wounds. The homeowner had defensive stab wounds to his left arm, left ear and above his left eye. None of the four family members who helped in the fight were seriously injured, said Espinoza.
Espinoza said Carillo was the most seriously injured during the fight and was released from the hospital Friday afternoon, while both Begay and the homeowner were released Friday morning.
Police found that Carillo and Begay are both on parole and are affiliated with a Barstow criminal street gang. Both men were arrested after they were released from the hospital on suspicion of attempted murder, participating in a criminal street gang and felony parole violation.
Carillo and Begay remain in custody at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $1 million bail. They are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at Barstow Superior Court.
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