A deadly stabbing Monday in the Gold Country town of Ione has been blamed on a man familiar to police there: Twelve years ago to the day, that suspect was arrested for stabbing a man in the same neighborhood.
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Both attacks occurred shortly after Joseph Stephens Jenkins had been released from prison, police said.
Three people were stabbed in Monday’s attacks, the first of which was reported at 8:44 a.m. The suspect fled on foot, and stabbed two other people less than a mile away, police said.
Jenkins, 34, was arrested on the street, and a knife was found at the scene.
One victim died, and the two others were taken to a hospital. One of the survivors was a PG&E worker who was on the job at the time, the company told TV station KOVR.
Ione police said Jenkins, whom they identified as a transient, was recently released on parole from state prison.
On Oct. 29, 2011, Jenkins had been out of prison for four days when he allegedly fled a stabbing that left an Ione man in critical condition, the Stockton Record reported at the time. He was arrested the following day on suspicion of attempted murder.
The 2011 attack was in a home about a quarter-mile from Monday’s first attack.
The police called Monday’s attacks an apparently random act of violence. They are expected to release more details in a news conference Tuesday.
Ione is a city of about 8,000 people in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Amador County.