A wanted parolee who was at large has been charged with attempted murder for alleging slitting a friend’s throat in an attack in San Leandro on Wednesday morning, police said today. Authorities said 31-year-old Elroy Gomez Jr. is suspected of stabbing the victim, a 41-year-old San Leandro man, at the home in the 900 block of Kramer Street where Gomez lives with his parents.
Police said they began their investigation after officers were dispatched to the vicinity of an Arco gas station at the intersection of Lewelling Boulevard and Washington Avenue at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a report that a man who was bleeding from his neck was walking in the area. The victim saw a deputy sheriff driving in the area and reported that he had been stabbed by a man he knew, police said.
The man was transported to Eden Medical Center’s Trauma Center in Castro Valley, where it was determined that he had suffered injuries not considered life-threatening, according to police. The man has since been treated and released from the hospital. Detectives learned that the victim was visiting Gomez and the two men became involved in an argument that quickly turned violent, police said.
Gomez then used a knife to slit the victim’s throat two times, leaving lacerations to the front and side of his neck that were 2 to 3 inches long, police said. However, the victim’s carotid artery was not damaged, they said. Detectives learned that Gomez was a wanted parolee at large and obtained an arrest warrant for Gomez charging him with attempted murder, according to police.
Undercover detectives conducted surveillance at Gomez’s residence throughout the day on Wednesday when he was spotted inside his house, contacted by police and safely arrested without incident, police said. Detectives then served a search warrant at Gomez’s residence and collected evidence, including blood, inside and outside the residence, police said. Gomez was scheduled to appear in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward today to possibly enter a plea to the attempted murder charge against him.
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