Youth arrested on attempted murder charge |

Youth arrested on attempted murder charge

A 16-year-old boy was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly stabbing an acquaintance in the neck and chest.

The stabbing was reported at about 3 a.m. on Lark Street, 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.

The owner of the mobile home and Sartain’s grandmother, Lois Thompson, said the suspect had fled the scene when she found Sartain lying in a pool of blood.

Sartain was taken by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for surgery. He was in fair condition Sunday.

Thompson said Sartain and the suspect “had been partying” prior to showing up at her home at about 1:30 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. Thirty minutes later, Thompson told deputies, she heard what she believed was a fight in a bedroom. She said she tried to open the door to the bedroom but that it was locked.

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, who the sheriff’s office did not name, was found hiding in an unlocked van on Indian Springs Road. He was arrested without incident for attempted murder and was booked into juvenile hall.

The sheriff’s office has not yet found a motive in the alleged stabbing. The suspect has hired an attorney, Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Carrington said.

“We don’t know what caused him to do what he did,” he said.

Carrington said that in the meantime, the suspect will most likely face charges in juvenile court.

“The district attorney will have to decide whether to try him as an adult,” he said.

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