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Thursday, Jul 25 2013 07:07 AM

Deputies arrest man accused of attempted homicide, mayhem

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Kern County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man on suspicion of attempted homicide and aggravated mayhem after his apparent victim of a stabbing had to have his right arm amputated because of the injuries.

Deputies report that on April 20 they began an investigation into an altercation that happened in the 200 block of Warren Avenue in Oildale. Deputies talked to Johnny Garza, 29, who was treated for multiple stab wound and lost his arm, according to a sheriff's news release.

Garza was initially driven to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital but was then taken by ambulance to Kern Medical Center where the amputation of his right arm occurred, Ryan Dunbier, sheriff senior deputy, said Thursday.

The Sheriff's Department was notified by the hospital at 9 p.m. April 20 about the incident.

Deputies said they identified 41-year-old Salvador Padilla as the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant.

Then Tuesday, they went to the 3300 block of Mesa Drive and took him into custody with the help of K-9 deputies, Air Support and Metropolitan Patrol.

Padilla was booked on suspicion of attempted homicide, aggravated mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon, the news release said.

The incident continues to be investigated by the gang suppression section of the sheriff's office.

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