Curtis McKee on his front porch with his phone and the bloody shirt left behind when his neighbor was taken to the hospital with stab wounds.
By Patric Hedlund
Curtis McKee of Santa Rosa Trail was relaxing with his wife at 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 when he heard someone at the door. He found his neighbor on the front porch, soaked in blood. Matias Lescano, 20 said he had been stabbed three times in the chest.
“I yelled for my wife to call 911 while I ran upstairs to grab my gun,” McKee said, explaining how he stood protectively over the young man on the porch in case he was being pursued, urging the dispatcher to send an ambulance. A sheriff’s deputy and Hall Ambulance arrived. Lescano was transported to Kern Medical Center by helicopter.
Lescano told McKee he had been on his porch drinking beer when someone walking down the street “started talking trash to him….He said he yelled back and the person ran onto the porch and stabbed him three times in the chest.”
Lescano told McKee he had moved to Frazier Park about two months ago “from San Fernando.” McKee said he saw “S” and “F” tattoos on Lescano’s chest when the victim was receiving medical care. He said he did not know if that may indicate gang affiliation from the San Fernando area.
McKee and sheriff’s deputies indicate Lescano has not been forthcoming with details about the assailant, saying only, “a white guy in black pants.” No suspect has been apprehended.
McKee moved here with his family just six weeks before the incident, he said in an interview with The Mountain Enterprise the next morning.
“I’m a family man,” he said, “I moved here with my wife, my mother, my daughter and my dog…I was starting to befriend the young man.”
McKee, who works with Warner Brothers Studios as a craftsman and has an ad in the newspaper to lay flooring and carpeting locally, said he had given the young man odd jobs washing and waxing vehicles to help him earn money. He said they had some friendly conversations.
Sheriff’s deputies reported that the victim’s injuries are not considered to be life threatening.
Nonetheless, a bloodied shirt and shaken neighbors have been left in the wake of the event. Lescano is still being treated at Kern Medical Center as we go to press.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110.
This is part of the May 01, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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