Police seek man who stabbed Catalina High student near campus

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Police are searching for the man who stabbed a Catalina High School student in a parking lot near the Tucson school last week.

Just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, officers from the Operations Division Midtown were dispatched to the high school for a report of a large fight.

When officers arrived at the parking lot near East Pima Street and North Palo Verde Boulevard, they did not see any signs of a fight or locate any victims, according to the Tucson Police Department.

About 15 minutes after the officers left the parking lot, a Tucson area hospital notified police about a patient who said he was stabbed in an after-school fight near the Catalina High campus. His injuries were reportedly not life-threatening.

Detectives from the Tucson Police Department's Aggravated Assault Unit interviewed witnesses and learned that a man, who does not attend the high school, attempted to engage in an arranged fight with other men, who are possibly Catalina High students.

Witnesses said when the man brandished knives in both hands, the other people backed out of the fight.

The man then turned his attention toward a student who witnesses say was not involved in the fight, and punched and stabbed him.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20s, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing between 130 and 150 pounds. He was wearing a light gray shirt, a gray jacket, blue jeans, white shoes, and a gray Raiders hat at the time of the fight.

He reportedly fled southbound from the parking lot on a bicycle.

Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME or the Tucson Police Department's Aggravated Assualt Unit at 837-7552.