CERES -- A Ceres man angry about an aggressive neighborhood dog was stabbed Wednesday after confronting the dog’s owner.
At about 11 a.m. Wednesday Ceres police responded to a stabbing in the 2500 block of Don Pedro Road, according to Sgt. Jose Berber. The suspect had fled the scene but police found the 33-year-old victim with a stab wound to the abdomen.
He was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition, Berber said.
During the investigation detectives determined the fight started because the suspect’s dog had killed a neighborhood cat. The dog is now in the custody of animal control.
The suspect was identified as 49-year-old Louis Lombardi, Berber said.
Police did not locate Lombardi when they searched his home but found a sawed-off shotgun. A woman living in the home, Stacey Sylvetta, 46, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an illegal weapon.
Later in the afternoon Wednesday, Ceres police located Lombardi at a Modesto residence, Berber said. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and had an unrelated misdemeanor warrant.