By AMY LINDBLOM
A knife-wielding man reportedly attacked a 14-year-old eighth-grade Curtis Creek student about 4 p.m. Tuesday as the boy walked home from school.
Tuolumne County Sheriff's Lt. John Steely said the boy told his father he was almost home, after being dropped off at a school bus stop, when he noticed a man walking on the opposite side of Sallander Drive in the Belleview Acres neighborhood off Phoenix Lake Road.
The boy told his father the man approached him carrying a knife and said "You are going to pay for this," then cut the boy on his upper left arm before running away.
The boy immediately went home and called his father at work. The father then called the sheriff's department. Deputies searched the area for the man, but did not find him, Steely said.
Deputies spent more time in the area on extra patrol yesterday, and were to be out again today.
The boy was not hospitalized and is in school, said Curtis Creek Superintendent Larry Hoyt.
"We didn't even know about the attack until we got a notice from the county schools office the same notice that was sent to all the schools," Hoyt said.
Danna Fritz, director of personnel at the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office, said the sheriff's department notified the office early yesterday about the attack.
"We immediately sent a fax to all county schools about the incident," Fritz said this morning.
The boy described the man as about 6 feet tall, wearing a gray-colored hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. The hood was up over his head, and he had pierced ears.
Steely said anyone with information should contact the sheriff's department at 533-5815.