Details emerge in stabbing case |

Details emerge in stabbing case

An 18-year-old Penn Valley resident who was stabbed in the neck and chest was in stable condition Monday after undergoing surgery.

His 16-year-old alleged assailant remained at the Nevada County juvenile hall. Since making several incriminating statements during his arrest, he has asked for an attorney and has stopped talking with investigators.

The stabbing was reported at about 3 a.m. Sunday at 108 Lark St., in Penn Valley. Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Penn Valley Mobile Home Park, where they found 18-year-old Kannan Sartain bleeding from his neck and chest.

Sartain’s grandmother Lois Thompson, a resident of the home, told investigators that at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Sartain and the suspect reportedly came back to Thompson’s home after a party. Ken Tucker, a friend of Lois Thompson’s, said Monday that the suspect’s first name is Michael and that the suspect had been friends with Sartain for about two years. Another friend of the family confirmed the name.

“It’s been a substantial friendship,” Tucker said. “That’s why this is so strange.”

About 30 minutes after the two men arrived at Sartain’s home, Thompson told deputies, she heard what she believed was a fight in a bedroom.

“She thought they were horseplaying at first,” Tripp said.

Eventually she tried to open the door to the bedroom but it was locked, she told investigators. She said she heard her grandson yell that he was being strangled and kicked in the door to find him lying in a pool of blood.

The suspect, whom the sheriff’s office did not name, was found hiding in a friend’s van on Indian Springs Road. He was arrested without incident for attempted murder and was booked into juvenile hall.

“The suspect made some spontaneous incriminating statements at the time of the arrest,” Tripp said.

Sartain was taken by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center and was in stable condition Monday. Tucker said he was recovering from the stab wounds.

“He is a very good boy,” Tucker said of Sartain. “This is a terrible situation. He hasn’t had a good life up until now.”

Sometime this week, the suspect will probably have a public defender appointed, Tripp said.

“It will be a juvenile hearing at this point,” he said.

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