A man was reportedly stabbed and robbed by an unknown male assailant while walking in downtown Sonora shortly before midnight on Sunday.
The Sonora Police Department said in a news release that officers were dispatched to the scene on South Washington Street after the incident was reported at 11:29 p.m. and spoke with the victim, who suffered a stab wound to his right shoulder area.
The victim told officers that he was walking on an unknown street toward South Stewart Street when he heard footsteps running up behind him and felt what he thought was a punch to the shoulder, the news release stated.
The suspect reached from behind him and told the victim to give him his backpack and drop his phone before shoving the victim and running off, the news release stated.
Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect, whom the victim could reportedly not identify or provide a description.
Officer Thomas Brickley said the incident was being investigated as a stabbing and robbery, which he said is “definitely not common by any means” within the city, though he also wouldn’t say it was random.
“We’re looking for the other subject, so I’m not going to say it was random, but I’m also not going to say it was targeted,” he said.
The victim was transported to a local hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, the news release stated.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the department at (209) 533-8141.