Investigation into park stabbing continues
Dad says teen acted in self defense
BARSTOW • Police are investigating whether more people were involved in the Wednesday night stabbing that left a Barstow man in the hospital and three teenagers in juvenile hall facing charges for attempted murder.
Acting Police Chief Mike Hunter said investigators haven’t confirmed reports that there were as many as 60 others involved in the fight where a 15-year-old stabbed the 19-year-old victim in the heart at Lillian Park.
Police learned the victim joined the fight between his teen brother and the three males, who were between 13 and 15. The fight reportedly started as a dispute over a girl.
The victim was still in the hospital Friday, though he was in stable condition. He was treated at Barstow Community Hospital before being airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Bob Sauer, the father of two of the underage suspects, believes his son acted out of self-defense.
His son and one other witness told Sauer the victim and his brother were joined by dozens of others at the fight, where a group of five viciously attacked the 13-year-old suspect.
The 13-year-old had to be treated at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary in Apple Valley before being transported to the Juvenile Delinquency Center, Sauer said.
The three teens are scheduled to appear in court Monday for their charges.
At this time the victim faces no charges for fighting with the teens, though the District Attorney’s office may choose to file charges at a later time, Hunter said.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211.
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