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LCSO Update: Stolen Auto Leads to Arrest of Westwood Stabbing Suspect

21-year old transient Chance Tolen in a LCSO booking photo

A stabbing victim in the roadway, a stolen vehicle, trace evidence on a knife and a quick investigation by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrest of a transient on an Attempted Murder charge in Westwood Monday.

On Sunday, according to LCSO Captain Kevin Jones, Deputies responded to Westwood after receiving a report of a stabbing victim in the roadway.

“Prior to their arrival medical personnel began treating the victim and transported him to Seneca Hospital in Chester with life threatening injuries,” explains Jones.

Deputies were unable to speak to the victim prior to his transfer to a hospital out of the area.

Within minutes of Deputies arriving in Westwood, a stolen vehicle was reported. The victim of the car theft had located it near Birch Street in Westwood and found the suspect still next to the vehicle.

The vehicle’s owner then confronted the suspect, identified by the LCSO as 21-year old transient Chance Tolen.

“The owner got into a physical fight with the Tolen,” said Jones, “then held him down awaiting law enforcement.”

While holding Tolen down, the vehicle owner removed two knives the suspect had in his possession.

When Sheriff Deputies, a CHP Officer and a Plumas County Deputy arrived and took Tolen into custody they inspected the knives, one of which was identified as having trace evidence on the blade that could be connected to the stabbing victim.

Tolen was arrested at the scene for Vehicle Theft and booked into the Lassen County Jail.

Subsequently LCSO Detectives interviewed the victim in the stabbing case at an out-of-the-area hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition.

After speaking with the him Detectives added Attempted Murder to Tolen’s charges. His bail is set at $520,000.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor


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