13-year-old stabbed in Sierra Tract fight
A 13-year-old boy was stabbed in the leg Tuesday during a confrontation with another boy.
The other teen, also 13, was booked into the El Dorado County juvenile detention center in Placerville for assault with a deadly weapon. The injured teen was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital by his parents and treated. Police said the injuries weren’t serious. A 12-year-old witness at the scene told investigators that he knew both boys from school and knew they were going to fight.
According to the South Lake Tahoe police report, the suspect and a friend came to the victim’s house on the 2600 block of Bertha Avenue, around 4 p.m. The suspect allegedly taunted the victim to come out of his house for a fight. When the victim approached, the boy allegedly pulled a knife out from behind his back and stabbed the victim just below his knee on his right leg. The victim told police that when he turned to run the boy threw the knife at his back. Witnesses corroborated the victim’s statement, investigators said.
The victim said the boy chased him to the corner of his yard, pushed him up against a wooden fence and repeatedly punched him in the face.
The fight was broken up by a neighbor.
Police went to the suspect’s house about a mile away and arrested the juvenile. The knife was found in the boy’s room, investigators said.
Police said the boys, both students at South Tahoe Middle School, have a history of disagreements. Investigators gave no specific reason for the fight except for the boys’ history, but said it was not racially motivated.
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