Assailant stabs man 7 times in Paso Robles

March 18, 2022


An assailant stabbed a 32-year-old man seven times near the Salinas riverbed in Paso Robles on Thursday evening.

A Walmart employee walked outside the Niblick Road store shortly after 10 p.m. to find Christopher Thatcher in the parking lot suffering from multiple stabs wounds, and a possible punctured lung. The employee then called 911.

Officers determined an assailant stabbed Thatcher in the back and torso at least seven times, and once in the head. He was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo for emergency surgery.

Thatcher was unable to provide any information as to who assaulted him, why the assault occurred, or where it occurred. Officers tracked a blood trail toward the Salinas
riverbed area, but were unable to determine specifically where the assault occurred.

Thatcher is a homeless man who camps near the riverbed.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this stabbing to call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Think its time to clean out the river bed. The situation gets worse and worse.

It’s way past time to divert some social service money back toward institutions to lock up and attempt to treat the mentally ill / tweaked out homeless . The current “plan” is a complete fail , and yes….. everyone has heard “Reagan let them out “, which was a long time ago at this point –

Walmart is surrounded with cameras. Should be an easy catch.

Safe streets of the once golden state….had enough yet?….

Nothing will change until we get new, non-progressive left leadership.

There we go. Santa Maria and Paso are taking turns.

Hardly. Paso doesn’t even approach the level of crime experienced in San Luis Obispo, the ex-happiest town in America. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Data Reports for the years 2010 to 2020, the average of all violent crimes reported in SLO exceeded Paso Robles by 233.5% for the same period. Of course, SLO has a larger population so that accounts for the higher total number of crime incidents. However, when adjusted on a per capita basis SLO still exceeds Paso in all violent crimes by 159.2%.