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Hemet man, charged in stabbing in store, held on $1 million bail

By in Press Enterprise on February 10, 2018

By Suzanne Hurt

A Hemet man charged with attempted murder was being held in Riverside County Jail on $1 million bail after a Los Angeles man was stabbed in the neck while inside a Hemet convenience store on Friday, Feb. 9.

Cole Butts, 36, of Hemet was arrested in connection with the stabbing during an argument in the 200 block of East Stetson Avenue. The incident was reported to a 911 dispatcher at about 7:35 p.m, Hemet police said in a statement.

As Hemet police officers arrived at the store, several people reported to 911 dispatchers that a man bleeding from the neck was one block west of the store, in the 1000 block of South Gilbert Street.

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Officers found the man with a severe neck laceration. The Los Angeles resident, in his early 30s, was treated by medical personnel and taken to a nearby hospital, police said. He was in stable condition.

Using surveillance camera footage, Hemet police detectives tracked down Butts at a home.

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