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Man stabbed on Jay Post Road in Victorville, suspect arrested

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A 56-year-old suspect was arrested for attempted murder after stabbing another man multiple times, officials said.

It happened at about 3:00 pm, on April 8, 2019, in the 15600 block of Jay Post Road in Victorville.

Officials said the suspect, Steven Lerma, 56, of Victorville and the victim, 52-year-old Mikal Copple, were involved in an argument.

According to a sheriff’s news release, the reporting party informed dispatch there was a male victim down in the street and the suspect was still at the location.

Deputies responded to the scene and located Mike Copple on the ground, in front of his residence and suffering from multiple stab wounds, officials said.

Victorville County Fire requested a Mercy Air medical helicopter to land at Victor Valley Global Medical Center to airlift the victim to an out of area trauma center, where he was treated and later released from the hospital.

Steven Lerma was located by police at his residence, just down the street from the victim’s home. He was arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center for attempted murder.

Through investigation, police learned the two men were involved in an argument outside the residence.

“During the argument, the victim threw dirt at the suspect and the suspect began stabbing him with a knife. A neighbor saw the men fighting and intervened,” stated the release.  

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy J. Razo at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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