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Police: Man stabbed at Napa homeless encampment, suspect found by drone

Police: Man stabbed at Napa homeless encampment, suspect found by drone

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A law-enforcement drone helped lead authorities to a man suspected of stabbing another man Saturday afternoon at a homeless encampment, Napa Police reported.

Shortly after 3 p.m., officers were called to an encampment near Kennedy Park after a reported attack there, according to Sgt. Nick Dalessi. One man confronted another over a money dispute and then stabbed the victim in the leg with a knife before the victim used a stick to defend himself, causing the attacker to drop the knife and flee, Dalessi said.

Officers were joined by Napa County sheriff’s deputies, including a team that used a drone to search the area for the suspect, according to Dalessi. About two hours later, deputies found 29-year-old Darren Lee Thompson at a campsite and detained him shortly after 5 p.m., Dalessi said.

Thompson, who has no listed address, was booked into the Napa County jail for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and violating his probation.

The stabbing victim was taken to Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center for treatment, according to Dalessi.

Members of the Napa Police Department participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run on Thursday, June 24. Video courtesy of the Napa Police Department.

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