Man stabbed in fight with woman

STOCKTON — A 73-year-old man suffered multiple stab wounds in a Monday morning attack in east Stockton following what was described as a verbal assault by a woman half his age, police reported.

When police arrived at the scene prior to 7 a.m. in the 1600 block of East Hazelton Avenue, just east of South Wilson Way, they discovered the victim had numerous stab wounds. He was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, according to a report.

The victim told officers that the woman, known to him as “Nora,” had gotten mad at him for undisclosed reasons, started yelling and then stabbed him. “Nora,” who remains at large, was described as an Asian woman between 30 and 35 years old, 4 feet 9 to 5 feet tall and 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, last seen wearing blue jeans and a red sweatshirt, according to police.

Traffic stop leads to chase, arrest

ANGELS CAMP — What should have been a simple traffic stop for expired registration turned into a dangerous high-speed pursuit, the unsuccessful use of a stun gun, a foot chase and the eventual arrest of a belligerent suspect on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

About 1:15 p.m. Saturday, an Angels Camp police officer attempted to stop a white 2001 Ford Mustang near Highway 4 and Angel Oaks Road after spotting the expired registration. The officer recognized the male driver and female passenger from previous contacts, aware that the driver did not have a valid license and there was an arrest warrant out for the woman.

Instead of complying with the traffic stop, the driver fled westbound on Highway 4, reaching speeds in excess of 85 mph while appearing to intentionally steer toward oncoming traffic, police reported.

East of Stallion Way, the Mustang stopped, but the driver refused to get out. The officer, backed up by a Calaveras County sheriff’s deputy, deployed a stun gun after the driver attempted to drive in reverse toward the officers. The stun gun was ineffective and the driver fled on foot before being restrained and fighting with the officers.

The officers eventually took Frank Joseph Soja, 38, of Angels Camp into custody and arrested him on suspicion of numerous charges, including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer/vehicle, evading and resisting arrest, and traffic charges. Soja also had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for charges related to a parole violation in Texas.

His passenger, Stacey Rae McBride, 34, of Angels Camp, was taken into custody without incident and arrested on suspicion of an outstanding arrest warrant related to violation of probation and possession for sales of a controlled substance.

— The Record