Police caught up with Sanchez this morning and determined he was not the stabber.
Police say they suspect the stabber is Alex Sanchez, who is hispanic, and that he may have been spotted with another man with backpacks earlier this morning in the vicinity of Northwest 2nd at around 6am. The suspect is believed to be wearing a black hoodie with acid-washed blue jeans, wearing a red hat with a zebra striped bandana underneath. He may still be in possession of a 5-6″long, curved knife.
A man believed to be in his mid-20’s was was savagely stabbed in Newport near Highways 101 and 20 early Friday morning. Witnesses told police that as victim was walking north he encountered another man walking south. Reports say the victim uttered a greeting to the other, brief words were exchanged, and then the victim was on the ground with severe stab wounds. The stabber then took off running.
Witnesses said the stabber was 5-6 to 5-8, dark hair, dark complected, wearing a dark hoodie and white-washed blue jeans. Police searched for him for a couple of hours stopping several people that came close to the description but they all proved not involved.
Anyone who may know who the stabber is, or may know of his whereabouts, is asked to call Newport Police at 574-3348.
Meanwhile the victim was undergoing surgery at Pacific Communities Hospital for what were described as multiple injuries. His aunt and uncle were said to be enroute to the hospital.