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Suspect upset over almost being struck by vehicle stabs victim in chest and neck

BARSTOW, Calif. ( — Barstow Police arrested Albert Williams III, a 26-year-old resident of Hinkley for attempted murder after he stabbed a man in the chest and neck at a gas station, officials said.

It happened on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at approximately 7:32 P.M., at the Circle K Gas Station located in the 1500 block of East Main Street.

“The caller, who was an employee of the gas station, told dispatch that a male subject had just stabbed another male near the gas pumps and that the male suspect fled on foot toward the Ramada Inn. The caller also stated that the victim left in a vehicle driven by a female,” stated a news release.

As officers responded to the scene, Sergeant Daniel Arthur drove to Barstow Community Hospital where he located the victim suffering from multiple stab wounds to his chest and neck.

Due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, he was subsequently airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital.

“Sergeant Arthur talked with the female and learned that she is the victim’s fiancé. She reported that she and her fiancé were pulling into the Circle K Gas Station when they almost struck a male pedestrian crossing the roadway. She stated that when they pulled up to the pumps the male pedestrian approached her fiancé and was upset about the near collision. Suddenly the male attacked her fiancé and stabbed him several times. She stated that she was able to get her fiancé into their car and drive him to the hospital,” stated the release.

Sergeant Arthur was able to observe the Circle K surveillance video, which captured the stabbing incident, officials said.

According to the news release, “while still on scene, Sergeant Arthur noticed a male subject near the scene, who appeared to be watching the officers. Sergeant Arthur noticed that the male subject matched the description of the stabbing suspect. He contacted the male and identified him as Albert Williams. Sergeant Arthur was able to identify Williams as the stabbing suspect depicted in the surveillance video.”

Detectives also conducted an infield show-up with the victim’s fiancé and she positively identified Williams as the person who had stabbed the victim. Officers arrested Williams and transported him to the Barstow Police Department.

Albert Williams was booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto, CA. for PC 664/187(a) – Attempted Murder.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation may contact Detective Thomas Lewis at (760) 255-5187. Those with information who wish to remain anonymous can contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME (27469) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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