Chico Police are searching for two men involved in the stabbing of a teenager early Monday.
Police responded to a stabbing in the area of 4th and Cherry Streets around 1:30 a.m. Monday.
The victim, a 19 year old man, was located at 5th and Orange Street. He had a laceration on his hand. The victim claimed he was walking in the area of 4th and Cherry Streets when he was confronted by two men.
The suspects claimed the victim was knocking over garbage cans in the area. One of them attacked and battered the victim before brandishing a knife.
The victim's hand was cut during the altercation. The victim was transported to Enloe Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Additional officers are on duty anticipating more parties traditionally associated with the Cesar Chavez holiday which is being observed Monday. A glass ban is in effect in the South Campus and Downtown areas of Chico through 4 p.m. Monday.
The Chico Police Department reports activity levels and arrests for the Cesar Chavez Day weekend were down significantly from previous years. In 2011, there were 50 arrests on Cesar Chavez Day alone and in last year, there were 42 arrests between the evening of March 30th and the morning of April 1st.
This year from 4:00 pm on Friday, March 29 until 6:00 am on Monday, April 1 there were a total of 61 arrests. 23 of those arrests occurred Friday night/Saturday morning, 24 occurred
Saturday night/Sunday morning and 14 occurred Sunday between 2:00 pm and Monday at 6:00 am.
Activity levels caused the extra staffing assigned to overtime shifts Friday and Saturday nights (9:00 pm to 3:00 am) to remain until the end of their shift, overtime officers assigned Sunday
evening were released early.
Police said this was somewhat due to Cesar Chavez Day falling on Easter Sunday as well as the rain that fell during the evening.