Stabbing suspect, victim both critical |

Stabbing suspect, victim both critical

A Grass Valley man allegedly stabbed a former girlfriend on New Year’s Day at a downtown Grass Valley restaurant where the victim worked, police said Thursday.

The attack took place just before 9 p.m. at Amigos & Co. at 108 E. Main St. near City Hall, police reported.

The 32-year-old victim, whose name was not released by police, was stabbed repeatedly, said Capt. Greg Hart of the Grass Valley Police Department.

The suspect, Jose Odilio Saravia, 55, suffered two stab wounds in the abdomen during the attack, Hart said.

“This is a very serious case of domestic violence,” he said.

Both Saravia, who was found at the restaurant, and the woman, who fled to a business next door, were airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Both were listed in critical condition Thursday, he said.

Saravia, who has not yet been arrested, waited outside for the victim to come out, Hart said. Saravia will be arrested when his condition is stabilized, he said.

Doug Moore was next door at the Gold Rush Gaming Parlor and Casino when the attacks occurred.

Patrons were playing black jack and poker games when two waitresses from Amigos rushed in, saying the cook had been stabbed, said Moore, whose wife owns the Gold Rush Gaming Parlor and Casino. Both had blood on them, Moore said Thursday.

The younger woman was holding a cell phone and dialing 911, he said.

Someone outside said a man was fleeing the scene and Moore ran across the street to the Grass Valley Police station, and was told help was coming. He then rushed back to Amigos and entered the restaurant to look for the victim.

There he saw first a woman, and then a man, he said. Both were covered in blood, he said.

“I don’t think he said anything,” Moore said. “She was hysterical.”

At first, he thought the man was trying to calm her down, he said. “She was covered in blood head to toe.”

Then he saw the knife.

“It looked big … I think it was a butcher knife,” Moore said.

The woman then managed to run out of the kitchen and Moore directed her to the front door, he said.

Moore then got out and held the door closed behind him to prevent the man from leaving the restaurant, but the man collapsed in the dining area, Moore said. Two police officers arrived at the restaurant, he said.

The woman, who suffered neck and hand lacerations, somehow made it to the Gold Rush Gaming Parlor and Casino, he said.

Hart said Saravia’s occupation is unknown.

A co-owner of the restaurant declined to discuss the attack Thursday because the case is still under investigation. The woman said the victim was a dishwasher at the restaurant.

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