Al­leged truck theft near hos­pi­tal in Modesto leads to knife at­tack

The Modesto Bee - - Local - BY ROSALIO AHUMADA rahu­[email protected]­ Rosalio Ahumada: 209-578-2394, @ModBeeCourts

A man suf­fered sev­eral stab wounds Thurs­day night af­ter he con­fronted a sus­pect driv­ing his truck stolen from a Kaiser Per­ma­nente Med­i­cal Cen­ter park­ing lot in north Modesto, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested Ryan Ut­ter­back, 31, of Arnold on sus­pi­cion of as­sault with a deadly weapon and ve­hi­cle theft, said Modesto po­lice Sgt. Kalani Souza. He said the vic­tim was treated af­ter suf­fer­ing non­life-threat­en­ing in­juries in the fight with the sus­pect.

The stab­bing was re­ported about 8:42 p.m., and Souza said there was no in­di­ca­tion in the po­lice re­port the vic­tim or any­one with him had called po­lice to re­port the ve­hi­cle theft be­fore the stab­bing. He said the fight be­tween the two men oc­curred not long af­ter the vic­tim found his truck was miss­ing and spot­ted the sus­pect driv­ing the stolen ve­hi­cle.

Souza said the vic­tim and his fam­ily ar­rived about 7 p.m. at the hos­pi­tal on Dale Road, be­tween Bangs and Kier­nan av­enues, to visit a rel­a­tive. When he walked out of the hos­pi­tal, his truck was gone.

The vic­tim spot­ted Ut­ter­back driv­ing the stolen pickup in the hos­pi­tal park­ing lot and fol­lowed the ve­hi­cle un­til Ut­ter­back stopped shortly af­ter, ac­cord­ing to Souza. The vic­tim then con­fronted Ut­ter­back.

Souza said Ut­ter­back bran­dished what ap­peared to be a knife dur­ing the fight. Af­ter the fight, Ut­ter­back left with­out the stolen ve­hi­cle. Souza said the vic­tim did not know he had been stabbed un­til af­ter he saw Ut­ter­back leave with a knife in his hand.

Of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to the re­port of the stab­bing found Ut­ter­back about 15 min­utes af­ter the fight. Souza said Ut­ter­back was found hid­ing in some bushes in an apart­ment com­plex south of the hos­pi­tal.

On Fri­day morn­ing, Ut­ter­back was be­ing held at the Stanis­laus County Jail. His first ap­pear­ance in court had not been sched­uled.

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