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Teen sought in stabbing of 16-year-old girl in Lakeside

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Posted at 8:18 AM, Apr 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-18 11:18:08-04

LAKESIDE, Calif. (CNS) - San Diego County sheriff's deputies are searching for a teenage suspect after an apparent racially driven attack on a 16-year-old girl.

A 16-year-old girl, who is Black, was found stabbed twice in the back Saturday in the 1200 block of Maple Avenue, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

She was taken to a local hospital and treated for her injuries. Her current status was not released.

According to the department, a group of teenagers approached the victim and her family, yelling racial slurs, around 11 p.m. on Saturday. Shortly after, an altercation ensued, during which the victim was injured.

It was not immediately clear which family members were with the 16-year-old girl at the time of the incident.

"After talking to the victim's family, deputies were able to identify and arrest a juvenile believed to be the girlfriend of the suspect for brandishing a weapon," said Lt. Shawn Wray. "She was later released to the custody of her guardian."

During an investigation, deputies identified a stabbing suspect in addition to other companions in the group. Deputies are actively looking for the suspect, but have not released further information due to his age.