Attempted Murder Suspect, Robert Wayne Long of Coarsegold Arrested in North Fork
NORTH FORK – On April 30, 2021, shortly before 5:00pm, Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) received reports of a stabbing in the 40000 block of CA-HWY 41 in Oakhurst.
When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered an adult man who had sustained a stab wound to his neck. Emergency medical treatment was provided until EMS arrived on scene. The victim was airlifted to a regional hospital for treatment of his injuries.
According to witness statements, the suspect had fled the scene in a green colored Subaru SUV prior to deputies’ arrival. After reviewing surveillance video from a nearby business, deputies were able to identify both the suspect and vehicle.
While on scene, deputies observed the suspect driving his vehicle past the incident location. Deputies attempted a felony vehicle stop, but were led on a pursuit on HWY 41 to Road 420, where visual was lost. Around 7:00pm, the suspect’s vehicle was located in North Fork. Deputies located the suspect, and after a brief struggle, took him into custody. During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, deputies recovered two large fixed blade knives.
31 year old Robert Wayne Long, a Coarsegold resident, was arrested and booked into the Madera County Jail for felony charges of attempted murder, commission of a hate crime, and evading a peace officer.
Sheriff Tyson Pogue states, “We are grateful for the positive resolution of this critical incident. I am proud of our deputies for their diligence in locating this suspect and mitigating further danger to our community. This is a fine example of teamwork and a testament to the caliber of individuals at the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.”