A Santa Rosa man was in stable condition Friday after being stabbed during an altercation in Old Courthouse Square downtown, authorities said.
Loren Hackett, 24 - whom friends at the scene called Paul - was stabbed once in the neck Thursday night and underwent surgery at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
Leland Pinola Jr., 33, was identified Friday as the suspected assailant. He was being held without bail in Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and battery causing serious bodily injury.
The attack happened when Hackett confronted Pinola about an incident earlier Thursday in which Pinola allegedly hit Hackett's girlfriend, Santa Rosa Police Lt. Ed Hemphill said.
The 10 p.m. attack took place on the west side of Old Courthouse Square.
Pinola was arrested minutes later near Sonoma Avenue and D Street. Witnesses identified him as the assailant, police said.
See the artifacts
The History Museum will host a reception at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 to open an exhibit on the time capsule buried in 1968 in downtown Santa Rosa. It includes a presentation by an anthropologist on the contents of the time capsule and a screening of the film “Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of All the Earth.”
The City of Santa Rosa will celebrate its 150th birthday on Sept. 8 with a celebration in Old Courthouse Square, including the burial of a new time capsule. Details can be viewed at santarosacity150.com.