A dispute over money is ultimately what led to the stabbing of a 17-year-old Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Murrieta, according to Murrieta Police Lt. Rob Firmes.
Two suspects are in custody in connection with the incident — Jaime Gatewood, 20, and 18-year-old Nolan Haney – after Murrieta police officers tracked the pair down in the 28300 block of Stillwater Drive in Menifee, within an hour or so of the stabbing.
Firmes said the suspects and the victim “were known to each other,” allowing investigators to quickly piece together information that led them to Gatewood and Haney, who’d the fled the scene in a red Ford Explorer.
Investigators found methamphetamine and Xanax inside the vehicle driven by Gatewood and promptly detained the two, Firmes said, adding that he did not believe either was impaired at the time of the arrest.
The teen, who sustained stab wounds in the altercation which occurred at about 7:15 p.m. in the 39000 block of Medina Ct. in Murrieta, is believed to be in stable condition today after surgery, Firmes said.
Gatewood has been charged as an accessory, along with possession of a controlled substance and probation violation.
Haney has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, infliction of great bodily injury and brandishing a weapon.