Community members are calling for an end to violence in Midtown Sacramento after Hometown Hero Spencer Stone was stabbed at the intersection of 21st and L Streets Wednesday night.
“I had just been to the parade. I shook his hand. I thanked him for his actions in France. And then I see him getting assaulted here on the corner,” Zayn Silmi said.
Silmi is a blogger for ThePeopleofSacramento.com which showcases local artists, entrepreneurs and other sources of inspiration. Thursday, he posted an open letter for his 10,000 followers on @thepeopleofsacramento Instagram account, discussing the violence in Midtown and around the country.
“When things like that happen it really affects our reputation on an international level,” Silmi said.
Friday, Badlands confirmed to FOX40 that Spencer Stone had been honored at their nightclub shortly before he was stabbed down the street.
“You know, Spencer was here. He came through Depot. He came to our Tropicana Wednesday night,” Ron Scharffer said.
Scharffer is the promotions manager at Badlands. He said one of his DJ’s recognized Stone as one of the three Sacramento men who thwarted a terror attack in France. He said that DJ called Stone on stage, congratulated him for his courage, and the crowd cheered.
“People were coming up to him after that. It’s a bar. They were having a couple of drinks. It was very celebratory. No one we know of was inebriated or stumbling or falling,” Scharffer said.
Sacramento police detectives have been scouring the streets of Midtown for 2 days in search of surveillance video with a clear image of the stabbing suspect’s faces.
“Detectives were working tirelessly to collect any piece of evidence,” Doug Morse with Sacramento Police said.
Scharffer said police already looked through surveillance video at Badlands and determined the two suspects were never in their bar.
“No they were not in here. They looked for those people they didn’t see them,” Scharffer said.
Morse told FOX40 leads are beginning to trickle in. Police re-interviewed a female witness late Thursday, and also got a statement from Spencer Stone.
“His statement is going to be very important,” Morse said.
“It’s just sad that it takes something like this to bring a magnifying glass on us here now,” Schaffer said.
“It’s heartbreaking, it really is. There are lots of ways to stop this violence. It really does start with bringing community back, bringing compassion back,” Silmi said.
The suspects are believed to be two Asian male adults who were wearing white t shirts and blue jeans. They fled the area in a dark colored 2009-2012 Toyota Camry. Polie also need to identify a female who was witnessed getting into that car.
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