Grass Valley man arrested after 19-year-old stabbed 11 times at party |

Grass Valley man arrested after 19-year-old stabbed 11 times at party

Hugh Tower

A party off Banner Lava Cap Road turned violent Sunday morning when a 19-year-old man was stabbed 11 times.

The victim, who was not being identified, went to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital emergency room at about 3 a.m. with multiple stab wounds to the torso, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal. He also sustained a cut to the shoulder, as well as a cut to one hand so severe that it severed all of the tendons in the hand, Royal said.

The victim told Sheriff's deputies he had been at a party in the 11000 block of Wyvan Court when he began arguing with a 24-year-old man identified as Hugh Loomis Tower. Several punches were thrown before the fight broke up, Royal said.

Later, the fight resumed, and that's when Tower allegedly stabbed the other man with a 3 1/2-inch folding knife before fleeing on foot.

A be-on-the-lookout advisory was issued for Tower, and he was eventually located walking in the 2300 block of Nevada City Highway. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon causing grievous bodily injury, as well as violating probation, and was being held without bail. It was not clear why Tower was on probation; he has a history of drug charges, Royal said.

The victim was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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