The Solano County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fairfield man for the attempted stabbing murder of a 21-year-old man near Fairfield early this morning. The unidentified stabbing victim was taken by friends to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa for treatment of a life-threatening wound, sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Snedeker said. The stabbing happened in the 3500 block of Miners Trail off Jameson Canyon Road in Solano County just outside Napa County, but hospital staff notified Napa police.
Napa police then notified the Napa County Sheriff’s Office because they believed the stabbing happened in Napa County, Snedeker said. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office then determined the stabbing happened in Solano County, Snedeker said. Solano County sheriff’s deputies then responded to the hospital around 3:30 a.m., and to the residence in Miners Trail where they met with Napa County sheriff’s deputies.
The Napa County deputies said the stabbing suspect might have fled the residence when they arrived, Snedeker said. Deputies searched the heavily wooded area near the residence and learned the suspect was 32-year-old Nicholas Steven Cornwell of Fairfield but did not find him, Snedeker said. Cornwell has a warrant for his arrest in Napa County for violating the terms of his Post Release Community Supervision, Snedeker said.
Solano County sheriff’s Deputy Mike Waller stayed in the area of the residence until 10:10 a.m. today when he saw Cornwell walking in the 100 block of Red Top Road and arrested him without incident, Snedeker said. Cornwell was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was arrested, Snedeker said. Cornwell was booked in the Solano County jail under no bail for attempted murder, possession of body armor by a convicted felon and the outstanding warrant in Napa County. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Solano County Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon.
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