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* Jorge Cruz arrested in connection with the stabbing of two people in Santa Rosa at Seventh Street and Mendocino Avenue

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A man was arrested in Windsor on Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of two people in Santa Rosa last weekend, police said. Jorge Cruz, 22, was arrested following the stabbing early Sunday morning near the intersection of Seventh Street and Mendocino Avenue, according to police. The stabbing was reported at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, when officers responded to a report of a stabbing victim at a hospital.

The 26-year-old victim was with friends when an argument started between his friends and another large group, during which gang challenges were yelled. The two groups separated briefly, and as the victim walked across the street to a parking lot, someone in the other group approached and stabbed him several times, police said.

The victim was taken by friends to the hospital, where he was treated for injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Police later discovered a second victim, a 35-year-old man, was also stabbed during the incident but did not seek immediate medical attention. Investigators soon identified Cruz as the suspect and broadcast a countywide alert about him.

On Wednesday, Windsor police responded to the Walmart in their city to investigate a possible hit-and-run, and during the investigation, an officer recognized one of the people involved in the case as Cruz, police said. Cruz was taken into custody and booked into county jail on suspicion of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with gang enhancements.

His bail was set at $260,000.The stabbing remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Rosa police Detective Sinigiani at (707) 543-4087 or the department’s gang crimes team at (707) 543-3670.

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