Man stabbed through arm with eel hook leads to arrest

Triplicate Staff

The Crescent City Police Department arrested a man suspected of assault on Wednesday.

Elijah Salcedo, 19, was standing on the balcony at his friend's apartment on the 1700 block of A Street on Tuesday at around 6 p.m. when he heard someone coming up the exterior stairs, said Police Sgt. Erik Apperson.

Salcedo paid no attention to the newcomer, whom he later identified as Michael Loftin, 31, of Crescent City, until Loftin stabbed him in the upper forearm just below the elbow with an eel hook, Apperson said. The weapon went through Salcedo's right forearm and out the other side before entering his torso, Apperson said.

During the assault, Loftin allegedy cited Salcedo "burning feathers," a cultural insult, as the reason for the attack before fleeing the scene, Apperson said.

Salcedo was taken to Sutter Coast Hospital, where he was treated and released on Tuesday according to hospital spokeswoman Beth Liles. While at the hospital, Salcedo filed a report with the CCPD identifying Loftin as the assailant, Apperson said.

The police put out a BOLO - be on the lookout - for Loftin immediately. He was located at 8th and D streets at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday and arrested without incident for assault with great bodily injury likely.

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