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3 stabbings, 4 injured, 1 arrested, 1 on the loose

POSTED: July 11, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Hall County sheriff’s deputies and Gainesville police officers are investigating three separate stabbings during the July Fourth weekend that resulted in serious injuries to four people, one arrest and the search for one suspect.

Roommates Lalo Gomez, 35, and Henry Velasquez Pineda, 36, began arguing at 2:52 a.m. Sunday in their home in the 300 block of Lee Street in Gainesville, said Lt. Brian P. Kelly of the Gainesville Police Department on Monday.

The two men ended up stabbing each other.

Police found one man lying in the driveway of a residence with several severe stab wounds to his lower abdomen, Lt. John Robertson said Sunday morning.

Officers followed a trail of blood to a house next door to find a second man with several severe stab wounds to his chest and abdomen lying in a large pool of blood, Robertson said.

The front door of the second house was open, he added.

Gomez was in critical condition, and Pineda was in stable condition Monday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Kelly said.

No charges have been filed.

Gainesville police still are investigating the incident.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stabbing that happened at 11 a.m. Friday on Myrtle Street between two men.

Mario Molina, 33, of Gainesville was injured in the attack during a fight between him and another man in his driveway, said Maj. Jeff Strickland, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Molina was treated at the medical center and released.

Authorities are searching for a Hispanic man in his 20s who was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

In another incident, deputies responded to a fight at 1 a.m. Saturday on Fourth Street off Mountain View Road.

Adan Hernandez, 26, was stabbed in the stomach area and was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his wounds, Strickland said. Hernandez was released from the hospital Monday.

Deputies charged Robert Charles, 18, of Gainesville with aggravated assault, and he was taken to the Hall County Detention Center.

"It was a pretty active weekend for us," Strickland said. "... We were very busy with calls, but these were the major (incidents)."



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