Stabbing suspect not yet known

Police say attack was gang-related
By: Carol Feineman News Messenger Editor
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Although there are no suspects yet from the March 19 stabbing of a teen in a downtown Lincoln neighborhood, police say it was probably gang-motivated. That’s according to Lincoln Police Chief Paul Shelgren on Tuesday. Officers were dispatched to the area of 3rd and R streets to a reported stabbing victim at 4 p.m. March 19, according to Lincoln police last week. Officers found a semi-conscious 17-year-old lying on the sidewalk “with a severe laceration to his arm,” according to police. The victim was transported to Sutter Roseville Hospital by ambulance March 19, Shelgren said, and released last week with stabbing wounds in his arm. “We haven’t validated the victim as a gang member but I do believe this is gang-motivated,” Shelgren said. So far, information on the stabbing is sparse, according to Shelgren. The Lincoln Police Department encourages anyone with information or who might have witnessed the stabbing to call 645-4040. “There’s still no suspect. We’re interviewing and talking with the victim but we have no solid leads with the suspect,” Shelgren said. The victim’s name is not being released since he’s a minor. The victim is from Lincoln and attends a Roseville continuation school, according to Shelgen. The police chief also said that the victim does not live in the Laehr Drive and Third Street area where the stabbing occurred. “We haven’t gotten anything new since last week,” Shelgren said. “We got a few calls but nothing that has led us to a suspect. We’re always hopeful about catching the suspect but it takes cooperation from the victim and anyone who knows anything about it.” Gang activity has become more noticeable in Lincoln, according to Shelgren. “We’ve had several gang-related assaults over the last few years,” Shelgren said. “There have been drive-by shootings the last couple of years. There is an increase in gang activity.” Next week, The News Messenger will look at the gang situation in Lincoln.