Santa Cruz police have identified a man and a woman as persons of interest in the stabbing Monday of a person dropped off at a hospital by a pickup truck driver who is still at large, police said today. Police are seeking Mitra Osho Orescan and Lauren Michelle Lotz, both 22, for questioning in the stabbing that detectives believe occurred during a drug deal, police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said.
A warrant for Orescan’s arrest had been issued for previous traffic and narcotics-related allegations while there are no warrants out for Lotz, Clark said. Detectives have determined that Orescan was present at the scene of the stabbing, Clark said. On Monday at about 3:55 p.m., an off-duty firefighter contacted police to report seeing a person being loaded into a vehicle in the area of San Lorenzo Boulevard and Riverside Avenue in Santa Cruz.
A call then came in from Dominican Hospital, where emergency personnel reported that the driver of a blue Dodge Quad Cab pickup truck had delivered a stabbing victim for treatment, Clark said. The driver drove away in the pickup and police are still searching for the vehicle, Clark said.
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