MARIPOSA COUNTY – A report of a stabbing sent Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies to the Bootjack area on Friday, Sept. 6.
At about 1 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a fight and a stabbing behind the Bootjack market. An adult male reported that he had been lured behind the market by another man identified as James Allen (Diaz).
Once behind the market, Allen attempted to stab the victim several times in the upper body, neck and head, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was able to prevent most strikes but sustained a stab wound to the upper arm. The victim then jumped into his nearby vehicle to get away from Allen.
Allen then left the area with Justin Bolton and an unidentified female in a truck. A responding deputy attempted to pull over the truck on Cole Road, however, the driver refused to stop and attempted to flee from the pursuing officer.
The truck sped through a stop sign and pulled in behind a residence on Cole Road. As the deputy approached the vehicle, he saw the truck rolling backwards towards him. The occupants had abandoned the truck, and the deputy had to maneuver his patrol vehicle around the truck to avoid being struck.
The female was detained at the scene. Both Allen and Bolton fled on foot. Responding deputies and a Police K9 subsequently located Bolton inside the residence and took him into custody.
Bolton was arrested for aiding a felon and for resisting arrest. Bail was set at $30,000. He was also booked for an out-of-county traffic warrant.
The female was not arrested.
Allen continues to be outstanding and is wanted for the felony assault.