A 34-year-old homeless man was reportedly stabbed in the head on the Prince Memorial Greenway in Santa Rosa on Wednesday night after two intruders confronted him and a female companion at their encampment near Highway 101, police said.
The victim said he was assaulted by a man he thought had a knife, though it was unclear with what he had been struck when his bloodied condition later drew the attention of two police detectives near Montgomery Drive and Second Street shortly before 10 p.m., authorities said.
The unidentified victim told police the two men confronted him and the woman in their camp, resulting in an argument during which one of the suspects grabbed his bag and refused to return it.
When the victim finally got his bag he was struck in the head with a weapon, fell to the ground and was struck in the back of the head, as well, police said.
The suspects fled.
Police took the victim to the hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. No update on his condition was available Thursday.
His name was being withheld because of the investigation and the violent nature of the crime, police said.
The suspects were described as two white men, each about 6 feet tall. One had strawberry blond hair shaved on the sides and was wearing a red shirt. He was said to be armed with a knife. The second man had a heavy build and was wearing a black baseball hat.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Santa Rosa Police Department’s Violent Crimes Investigation Unit at 707-543-3590.
You can reach Staff Writer Mary Callahan at 707-521-5249 or email@example.com.
How to deal with pesky spring pests
Poison oak: Poison oak can grow along trails and puts hikers, bike riders and equestrians at risk for skin irritation. For most cases, itch-relieving ointments, oil-removing solutions such as Tecnu, and cold compresses can help calm the ailment. Washing clothes used outdoors separately also can help prevent contamination.
Ticks: Ticks, which can cause illnesses such as Lyme disease, often tend to rest on the ends of the stalks of tall grass. Wearing long pants and tucking them into shoes or hiking boots, as well as wearing light-colored clothes that make it easier to see ticks, is recommended. Also, running clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes to kill ticks after returning home from an outdoor adventure, as well as using a bug repellent containing DEET, can help.
Mosquitoes: Using a bug repellent containing DEET is recommended for keeping mosquitoes at bay.
Sources: Trione-Annadel State Park, Kaiser-Permanente, Marin Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District