Attempted murder suspect still at large
Colusa Police continued to search on Tuesday for a man accused of attempted murder.
Colusa Police Sgt. Eldon Tamez said on Saturday that Jose Nicholas Avalos, 52, stabbed his wife in the face and the left forearm after the two argued at a residence on the 200 block of Navajo Street in Colusa.
"He stabbed her face and tried stabbing her again in the head or neck area. She held her arm up defensively, causing him to stab her through the arm," Chief Ross Stark said.
According to police, the incident escalated after Avalos struck the victim and she called 911. Stark said it was at that point that Avalos stabbed her.
Officers were dispatched to the Navajo Street residence at around 6:20 p.m., where they found the victim conscious and bleeding. MStark described the victim's wounds as serious but non-life-threatening.
Stark said officers have contacted Avalos' friends and family, checked on his known hangouts and confirmed that he has not gone to work since the incident. Stark also indicated Avalos' cellphone had been turned off.
Sgt. Josh Fitch said that, to his knowledge, the suspect has no history of domestic violence.
"It doesn't look like there was a history of domestic violence with him," Fitch said. "There was a previous incident at that residence in 2011, but he had never been suspected of domestic violence in the past."
Fitch said Avalos is 5-foot, seven-inches tall and weighs 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. According to Fitch, Avalos fled in a 1999 gold-colored Chevy Silverado with a license plate of 6A59691.
Fitch said people should not attempt to approach Avalos if he is identified, advising them to call the department if they encounter Avalos or the vehicle at 530-458-7777.