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Posted on: March 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Stabbing suspect smashes police cruiser window before being arrested

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South Lake Tahoe, CA- South Lake Tahoe Police responded to a stabbing this morning out front of the 7-11 on Pioneer Trail. It happened around 10:20 AM. The victim said he was standing at the RedBox out front of the convenience store when another man jumped on his back and stabbed him with a metal drywall saw.

The victim got the man off of his back and the suspect, 27-year-old Steven Messina, took off running. An officer in the area spotted Messina in the 1000 block of Moss Rd. However, before the officer could even get out of his car Messina smashed the passenger side window of the police vehicle with a construction hammer. 

The officer got out of his car and confronted Messina issuing verbal commands. Messina ignored the officer's commands and started moving toward the officer. That’s when the officer tased Messina, gained control of the situation, and got him into custody.  

The stabbing victim received a non-life-threatening injury to his back that did not require medical treatment at the time.

Messina was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony Threats to an Officer, Resisting Arrest, Vandalism, and Battery on a Police Officer.  He was transported to Barton Hospital for minor injuries from the Taser device. Messina has been arrested in South Lake Tahoe before for resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer.  

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