The victim said a vehicle pulled up on Gentrytown Drive, four men got out, walked toward him, and one of the suspects brandished a knife and told him he was going to die tonight, according to an Antioch Police press release. The victim's wallet was taken out of his pocket and the assailants began punching him in the face.
The man with the knife swung it at the victim, but missed and dropped it. The man under assault picked it up, stabbed the suspect in the back, and the fight ensued, according to the police statement. The suspects then drove off northbound on Delta Fair Boulevard.
The suspects were described as Sureno gang members by clothing and tattoos, according to police, while the victim is an admitted member of the Norteno gang. His wallet and driver's license were stolen and he sustained minor injuries.
The attack is believed to have been in retaliation for an earlier shooting of a Sureno gang member by a suspected Norteno gang member, according to the police statement. The case is under investigation.
Another, probably unrelated, stabbing occurred later that day. At 8:46 p.m. officers were sent to Sutter Delta Medical Center to speak to a 39-year-old man who had been stabbed once in the back by one of three male suspects earlier in the evening.
According to a police press release, the victim was walking behind Orchard Supply Hardware when the suspects asked him, 'What's up, white boy?' One of the suspects pulled out a knife, and the victim ran from the suspects as they gave chase.
He was stabbed once, sustaining a one-inch superficial wound to the left side of his back, but he eventually got away. Once at his residence, he was driven to the hospital by a friend, treated and released. No arrests have been made and the case is under investigation.