MARIPOSA–The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that officers responded to a call for suspicious circumstances that quickly turned into a critical incident at the Creekside Terrace Apartments on Sunday, May 7th, 2023, during the midnight hour.
Upon arrival at the location, deputies found an adult victim who had been stabbed. The victim had one deep puncture wound to his chest and was alert and talking. At that time, the victim was able to inform the deputies that he had been stabbed by a suspect in a nearby apartment. Deputies then attempted to make contact with the residents inside the identified apartment. A female resident did open the door to the deputies and immediately began to block their entry while resisting orders. The resident was identified as Cynthia Garza (30) of Mariposa. Garza continued to resist and was taken into custody.
A few moments later, Dakota Reel (26) of Mariposa was taken into custody after exiting the apartment. He has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Several children were also located inside the apartment where the incident occurred.
The victim was flown to a valley hospital and is currently listed in critical condition.
Reel is being held in Mariposa County Jail with a bail of $500,000 and Garza was booked and released on charges of resisting arrest.
The investigation is ongoing, and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office will release further information as it becomes available.
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