Ukiah police arrest man in stabbing attack on stepdad

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A Ukiah man remained in custody Thursday, suspected of stabbing his stepfather, police said.

The attack came Tuesday morning about 6:15 a.m. as the stepfather was getting ready for work, Ukiah police said in a news release. Bleeding from three wounds to his upper torso, the man drove himself to the Adventist Health Ukiah Valley hospital emergency room, where police were called to investigate.

Officers went to the man’s apartment and arrested his stepson, Rafael Maldonado‑Mata, 24. An investigation found the attack was unprovoked, police said.

Maldonado‑Mata was booked into Mendocino County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and having a small amount of drugs. He also was in violation of his probation from a prior conviction, police said. Bail was set at $515,000.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707‑521-5412 or On Twitter@rossmannreport.

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