Friday, 24 May 2024

Investigators seek suspect in Wednesday stabbing

CLEARLAKE OAKS – Sheriff's investigators are looking for an 18-year-old Clearlake Oaks resident who they want to question relating to a Wednesday night stabbing.


Detectives are trying to locate James Thomas Hubman, one of five suspects in the case, according to Chief Deputy James Bauman of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.


Several other suspects, most of them juveniles, have been taken into custody in the incident, said Bauman, but the person actually responsible for the stabbing has yet to be identified.


Bauman reported that deputies responded to the area of Schindler and Fourth Streets in Clearlake Oaks on Wednesday shortly after midnight on a report of a fight between several juveniles and an adult.


When deputies arrived on the scene they found 32-year-old Jason Allard standing in front of his house on Schindler, with a towel applied to his waist, where he told deputies he had been stabbed, Bauman said.


Bauman said that, a few moments later, deputies were alerted to another disturbance a short distance away on First Street that appeared to be related to the stabbing.


While Northshore Fire District Rescue personnel responded to treat Allard, Bauman said additional deputies responded to a residence on First Street where a woman told them a group of juveniles had just run into a house and were yelling inside.


Bauman said three subjects – 19-year-old Ernest Raymond Knight, a 15-year-old juvenile and another 16-year-old juvenile, all of Clearlake Oaks – were detained.


Knight and one of the juveniles had sustained minor injuries, according to Bauman; all three also were under the influence of alcohol and it was clear to deputies that they had been involved in an altercation.


Based on the investigation officials concluded the fight started when Allard and two friends confronted the group of at least five subjects. Bauman said one of the subjects reportedly threw rocks at Allard’s trailer on Schindler and the ensuing argument escalated to the point of Allard retrieving a cane from his home.


The group reportedly charged at Allard one by one, Bauman said, and several of them were struck with the cane by Allard. At one point, Allard lost control of the cane and when he dove to the ground to retrieve it, several of them reportedly jumped on him.


The group then fled and when Allard returned to his home, he realized he had been stabbed in the lower right area of his back, Bauman said.


Officials transported Allard to Redbud Hospital and then to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by air ambulance where he was treated and released, Bauman reported.


Knight and the two juveniles detained on First Street were ultimately arrested and booked on misdemeanor charges of battery. Bauman said a fourth suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile from Clearlake Oaks, was located two hours later at his home on First Street and arrested for misdemeanor battery as well. None of the suspects required medical treatment.


Bauman said sheriff’s detectives are currently trying to locate Hubman, the fifth suspect in the case, for questioning.


The case is still pending investigation, Bauman said.


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