Teen arrested on attempted murder charge
Nevada County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Kings Beach teenager Monday on suspicion of attempted murder after two teens were allegedly stabbed at a large weekend party east of Glenshire.
The injured teens were taken to the Tahoe Forest Hospital emergency room early Saturday morning. They were treated for stab wounds to the chest area and released, according to Nevada County sheriff’s Detective Bill Netherby.
Investigators are still trying to piece together the details of Saturday’s alleged stabbings. Netherby said he believes the two injured teens were leaving the party, a bonfire along the Truckee River near Hirschdale, when they got in the middle of a fight between two teens.
A 17-year-old from Kings Beach, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, allegedly stabbed the two teens, striking one in the left chest area and the other under the arm in the rib cage, according to sheriff’s office reports.
The wound to the rib cage was a much larger injury, said Netherby.
Investigators have not recovered the weapon, but Netherby said the wounds appeared to be from a knife.
The stabbings took place at approximately 2 a.m., in the dark, after a long night in which many area teens were drinking alcohol, said Netherby.
“It was dark, and I don’t know if the suspect even knew who he was fighting,” he said.
The teen suspect was on probation in Placer County, said Netherby.
Detectives, who responded to the scene from Nevada City, where unable to determine if any of the teens involved were intoxicated at the time of the incident because they arrived long after the incident occurred.
The sheriff’s office decided to arrest the teen on suspicion of attempted murder because of the location of the stab wounds, Netherby said.
“Primarily it was the placement of the wound ” to the chest area,” he said. “If [the weapon] didn’t have to go through clothing it could have punctured organs.”
Investigators are still working the case, interviewing teens who were present at the party and searching for the weapon used in the stabbing.
The teen suspect is being held in a juvenile facility with no bail.
The investigation is not handled differently because the suspect is under 18 years old, said Netherby, except that he is booked into a juvenile facility. The courts, however, may try him as an adult if the suspect goes to trial.
Earlier on Friday Truckee police responded to two calls about two large parties on Royal Crest Drive in Glenshire. At the first party, police arrested two teenagers. A 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of violating probation and possession of cocaine and marijuana, and another 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of violating probation and possession of alcohol.
The second call, to a different residence, found 70 to 80 minors partying at a home. The party was disbanded by a parent.
Police said they believe the party moved outside of town limits to a spot near Hirschdale in Nevada County, where the alleged stabbings occurred.
Truckee police also responded to a Sierra Meadows home on Saturday, where one of the partygoers who had allegedly been in a fight at the party, had a rock thrown through his windshield, police said.
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