Stabbing Leads to Arrest of Lathrop-Manteca Fire Employee

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MANTECA -- An employee of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of stabbing a man earlier this month.

The stabbing happened on Dec. 1 at The Pub & Lounge on North Main Street about 10:13 p.m. By the time authorities arrived on scene, investigators say the suspect had already fled the area.

Authorities say the victim sustained serious injuries and was immediately transported to a local hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive.

Brandon Burlingame (Courtesy: City of Manteca)

Investigators have identified the suspect to be 35-year-old Brandon Burlingame. He is an engineer with the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District. Burlingame was arrested Thursday morning on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and a weapon enhancement.

Fire Chief Gene Neely said they found out about the arrest when Burlingame didn't show up for his shift Thursday, then the Manteca Police Department contacted them about it.

Neely was actually at the Thomas Fire when he heard about the arrest and had to rush back to deal with the situation and also support the other firefighters.

He said the police department served a search warrant at one of the fire stations to search Burlingame's locker.

The fire department says Burlingame was not in uniform or working at the time of the crime. They say they are cooperating with the Manteca Police Department as the investigation moves forward.

Burlingame is being held at the San Joaquin County Jail on $1 million bail.

Sydney Odman contributed to this report.