GILROY -- A dispute between transients led to the stabbing of a 74-year-old man Thursday afternoon on a downtown street, police said.

Police were called by St. Louise Regional Hospital around 2 p.m. on a report that a man had been taken to the emergency room with a stab wound to his torso. The man was then transported by air to a trauma center because of the nature of his wound, and police met him there to ask him what happened.

Police said he was stabbed on or near the 100 block of Lewis Street, but did not know the motive.

"It appears to be a transient vs. transient incident," said Gilroy police Sgt. Greg Flippo.

He said the area where it happened is near railroad tracks where transients gather, and added that there was a second stabbing, of a transient woman by one of her male friends, shortly before 8 p.m. He said it is unrelated to the first stabbing.

Neither of the victims have wounds considered life-threatening, police said.

The attacker in the earlier stabbing was described as a man in his mid to late 20s, with blonde hair, wearing "dirty" tan clothes. No description was available for the man in the second incident.

Anyone with information about either stabbing is asked to call Gilroy detectives at 408-846-0350. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call We-Tip at 1-800-782-7463.


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