Dispute over parking spot at California Petro leads to attempted homicide, sheriff’s office says

Santa Nella Petro
Deputies with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office were called to a Petro station on Gonzaga Road in Santa Nella, California, Friday, Sept. 18, in response to a stabbing. (Courtesy: Merced County Sheriff’s Office)

SANTA NELLA, Calif. — A Sacramento truck driver has been arrested on charges of attempted homicide after an altercation about a parking stop at a truck stop ended in a stabbing.

Kuldeep Sandhu
Kuldeep Sandhu (Courtesy: Merced County Sheriff’s Office)

At about 9 a.m. local time Friday, Sept. 18, Merced County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Petro 2 Truck Stop on Gonzaga Road in Santa Nella, California, in response to a stabbing, according to a Facebook post by the department.

When deputies arrived, they found the victim, who was not identified in the post, bleeding from multiple stab wounds to the head, neck, arm and chest. The suspect, Kuldeep Sandhu, of Sacramento was covered in blood and was being restrained by a bystander, the post states.

Deputies were told that the victim and suspect, both truck drivers, got into a verbal argument over a parking spot at the gas pumps. During the argument, Sandhu allegedly produced a ceremonial knife and began stabbing the victim.

Ceremonial Knife
This ceremonial knife was allegedly used in a stabbing during an argument over a parking spot. (Courtesy: Merced County Sheriff’s Office)

The victim was flown to a local hospital in critical condition. Sandhu was arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail on charges of attempted homicide.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to the department’s investigations bureau at 209-385-7472.

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