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16-year-old boy injured in suspected gang stabbing

On April 15, a 16-year-old boy suffered an injury in a California stabbing incident that was thought to be associated with gang-related activities. The incident occurred near a gas station that was located near Santa Cruz.

The stabbing was reported at about 12:30 p.m at a gas station at the intersection of Soquel and Seventh avenues. Witnesses reportedly saw multiple teens fighting. One of the teenagers had a crowbar. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a 16-year-old boy that had a stab wound in his upper torso. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he was reported to be in good condition.

Authorities stated that the two other teenagers who were thought to be involved were described as wearing flannel shirts. Although there were two schools nearby, it was not believed that the stabbing was associated with them. Detectives were reportedly looking for witnesses who may have gotten a recording of the incident. Authorities were also increasing their patrols around the area.

In the state of California, gang crimes and gang-related activities are taken very seriously. A person who is accused of being involved in a violent gang-related crime could face a long jail sentence. If the person is underage, the charges could prevent them from getting a proper education and employment. Depending on the type of crime the person was accused of committing, a criminal defense attorney may use testimony from experts to discredit evidence or provide proof that the accused person was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time. If it is a first offense, the attorney might be able to get the prosecutor to agree to a reduction in penalties.

Source: Patch, "16-Year-Old Boy Stabbed In Suspected Gang Activity Near Santa Cruz", April 16, 2016

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