Update February 11, 2023:
As reported yesterday, Paso Robles Police officers and detectives responded to a stabbing victim, who claimed to have been stabbed in the Salinas Riverbed.
Detectives worked throughout the night and into the early morning hours, following several leads. As it turns out, the victim fabricated the events which led to his stabbing. The victim was not stabbed in the riverbed by an unknown transient. The victim was in an argument in a vehicle with a female acquaintance, Katelyn Coffey (29, Paso Robles). During the argument, Coffey stabbed the victim several times, before dropping him off at Walmart. We also learned the stabbing occurred outside city limits, in rural Paso Robles.
Early this morning, Coffey was located by PRPD detectives in California Valley. She was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance. Coffey was booked in the SLO County Jail.
The Paso Robles Police Department also intends to pursue charges against the victim in this case for his false report of facts that led to wasted time and resources.
Friday February 10, 2023 (original press release):
Friday, February 10th, was a busy night for Paso Robles Police Detectives. At about 7:20 pm, patrol officers were dispatched to Walmart for a stabbing victim. The victim was stabbed three times in the Salinas Riverbed, before walking to Walmart for help. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect in this case is described as a transient male wearing a baseball cap, white shirt, and blue jeans.
About an hour later, a call came in regarding a drive-by shooting in the Rite Aid parking lot, located on Spring Street. Two victims were standing in the parking lot when a vehicle drove by, southbound on Spring St. An occupant of the vehicle shot several rounds at the two victims. Luckily, nobody was struck by gunfire.
Detectives processed both scenes, interviewing witnesses, and collecting evidence. It appears the two events are unrelated.
These are ongoing investigations, and the Paso Robles Police Department is requesting anyone with any information to call the PRPD at (805) 237-6464 or persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers' 24-hour hotline at 805-549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).
Media Contact Name: Sergeant Steve Boyett