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Nord Avenue stabbing suspect to enter plea

James Jacobs, the man police say stabbed two people at a Chico apartment complex, is expected to enter a plea next week.

Posted: Mar 5, 2019 4:54 PM
Updated: Mar 8, 2019 5:13 PM

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 - James Jacobs, the man police say stabbed two people at a Chico apartment complex, is expected to enter a plea next week.

Authorities told Action News Now that Jacobs has a criminal history and previous gang involvement.

Police are trying to determine if the stabbing is gang-related.

The two victims remain in fair condition. 

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CHICO, Calif. - Chico police arrested a suspect they say is involved in two stabbing incidents at a Nord Avenue apartment complex in the past 24 hours.

The Chico Police Department received reports of the first incident on Monday, March 4, around 10:10 p.m. Officers arrived on the scene after hearing reports of a stabbing at the Villa Sierra apartment complex in the 700 block of Nord Avenue. 

After arriving on the scene, officers found a man suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper body. He was quickly transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

The second incident occurred at the same apartment complex Tuesday morning around 7 a.m. 

Detectives were at the complex searching for additional evidence when the Chico Police Department received reports of another stabbing. 

Witnesses said they saw the suspect fleeing the area on foot toward Stewart Avenue. 

Officers at the scene found a man suffering from a stab wound to the stomach and he was transported to the hospital for treatment. 

After searching surrounding areas, authorities found the suspect hiding in a shed of a residence on Stewart Avenue.

The suspect was identified as James Jacobs, 33, and was detained without incident. 

Authorities believe that Jacobs is the suspect in both stabbing incidents at the apartment complex. 

Both victims are at the hospital and are in stable condition. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4900. 

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