Aaron Aki Santa Rosa man sustained multiple stab wounds on Mesquite Drive

Published by on March 5, 2013

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A Santa Rosa man sustained multiple stab wounds during an altercation with an acquaintance Monday afternoon, according to police. At about 1:08 p.m., Santa Rosa police received a report of a stabbing in the 2200 block of Mesquite Drive. Upon arrival at the scene, police found 36-year-old Aaron Aki bleeding from stab wounds to his face, hip and torso, according to police.

Police learned that Aki had been involved in an altercation with Matthew Hernandez, 23, in front of an apartment complex, located near Yulupa Elementary School. During the course of the altercation, Hernandez produced a knife and stabbed Aki, police said. Aki’s girlfriend attempted to intervene, at which point Hernandez walked away through a nearby park.

Police located Hernandez a short time later with blood on him from the assault, police said. Police said Hernandez is believed to suffer from a mental disorder and had apparently been displaying unusual behavior prior to the assault. Aki was hospitalized and underwent surgery.

He is expected to survive, police said. Hernandez was also treated for a minor wound and released from the hospital, police said. Police said the two men were previously neighbors and friends. The neighboring elementary school was in session at the time of the assault, but police said no students or staff members were placed in jeopardy.

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