Police hit dead-end in fatal stabbing

April 18, 2002 12:00 am

By Kent Gray

Triplicate staff writer

No charges have been filed in the knife attack that killed one man and injured another in Crescent City last February, and now police are at another dead-end.

Detective Roger Chindgren of the Crescent City Police Department said long-awaited lab results did not produce the evidence he was hoping for.

"It confirmed the same knife was used to stab both victims, but the lab couldn't raise any fingerprints," Chindgren said. "Part of the knife was broken off in (one of the victims) and the rest of the knife and handle was found in another location."

That means police now have no firm evidence pointing toward a suspect.

"The case will never close as long as I'm alive," said Chindgren. "I'll keep interviewing people and taking phone calls and hopefully more people will come forward."

Alan Wayne Nuss, 22, died from knife wounds he received in a fight last February at the Seabreeze Apartments on East Condor Street. A second victim, Eugene Olisinio Abasolo, 20, survived the attack and was later treated at Sutter Coast Hospital before being released.

According to witnesses in the police report, Nuss and Abasolo had a confrontation at the apartment complex that evening. Nuss telephoned some friends for backup and the knife attack happened after the friends arrived.

Chindgren said he believed Abasolo was the target of the attack and Nuss was accidentally stabbed in the confusion.

Police reported there were at least 30 people at the scene when officers arrived. The sheriff's office reported that possibly seven people were involved in the attack.

Despite the setback, Chindgren said the investigation is far from over.

In the meantime, Chindgren invited the witnesses, victims, victims' families and bystanders who may need counseling to either contact him at 464-2133 or the Victim Witness Advocates at 464-7273.