Man stabbed after fight over bicycle in Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA (BCN) – A man was stabbed near a hiking trail Monday evening after the suspect accused the victim of allegedly stealing his bike, according to police.

Santa Rosa police said officers responded at 7:16 p.m. to the Joe Rodota Trail near the area of Brittain Lane on reports of a stabbing.

Police said when officers arrived they found a 43-year-old man who had suffered a stab wound to his torso as well as a 41-year-old man who told police the suspect had first approached him with a knife.

During the investigation, police said the suspect, 60-year-old Alan Caulfield of Santa Rosa, called the police department to report that he had just been involved in a fight.

According to police, officers encountered Caulfield in the 600 block of Brittain Lane, where they said he had visible facial injuries.

The investigation revealed Caulfield accused the 41-year-old man of stealing his bike before allegedly producing a knife and approaching him, according to police.

Police said the 41-year-old fled before Caulfield encountered the 43-year-old man, and after a physical altercation, Caulfield allegedly stabbed the 43-year-old victim.

The 41-year-old man returned and assisted the victim by kicking Caulfield at least two times before Caulfield released his hold of the victim, according to police.

Both Caulfield and the stabbing victim were transported to a local hospital, according to police. The stabbing victim was reported in stable condition.

Caulfield was eventually arrested and taken to the Main Adult Detention Facility where he was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

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