RICHMOND – A Sunday night argument that began after a custody swap outside police headquarters ended with a man stabbed multiple times and the child’s father arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said Monday.
The victim, a 28-year-old Richmond resident, was in stable condition and is expected to be recovering from his wounds, police said.
Police said the suspect, a 26-year-old man from San Francisco, drove to the police station on Regatta Boulevard 1701 at around 6:10 p.m. on Sunday to conduct a custody swap with the mother of his 6-year-old daughter. Police said a court order required the exchange to be done with the police.
After the exchange was complete and the child was safely in the mother’s vehicle, there was an argument outside between the suspect and the mother, police said. The police did not say what the argument was about.
The 28-year-old man, who had come to talk to the mother and was in the vehicle, got out to help her, the police said
Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy said the 28-year-old man and the child’s mother are in a relationship. When he got close to the father, he was attacked and stabbed several times, the police said.
The mother tried to defend the attacked man but was not injured, police said. No other children were present, police said.
Police department personnel heard the attack outside and alerted the officers, who quickly arrived at the scene, separated the people and started first aid treatment of the victim. The suspect was quickly arrested and a knife was recovered from the scene, police said.
The Richmond Fire Department and paramedics treated the victim on the ground before being taken to a local trauma center.
The Homicide Squad of the Richmond Police Department undertook the investigation and interviewed the parties and witnesses involved.
The suspect was arrested and booked for attempted murder. His name has not yet been published.
The police ask anyone with information about the stab wound to contact Homicide Superintendent Brian Hoffman at 510-621-1755, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 510-307-T1PS (8177) on the Richmond anonymous phone line.