Attempted murder suspect arrested in Big Springs area

Johnny Chasengnou, 32 of Tulsa, Oklahoma courtesy of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office

A man suspected of attempted murder by knife was arrested in the Big Springs area of Siskiyou County Friday morning, according to Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey.

Around 1:50 a.m. Friday, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) deputies were dispatched to the Mayten Store, which is located in an unincorporated area of Siskiyou County called Big Springs for a report of a disturbance involving a knife.

Cal Fire also reported that EMS personnel located a man at the store who had a serious laceration across his throat.

Deputies investigated on scene and gathered enough information to respond to the area of St. George near Feldman in the Mt. Shasta Subdivision to search for the suspected attacker.

Deputies Stewart and Ruddell found a man matching the victim's description of the subject who also had a knife on him thought to have been used in the attack.

Johnny Chasengnou, 32 of Tulsa, Oklahoma was booked at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka and will be arraigned on attempted murder-related charges, according to SCSO.

“This was a good piece of investigative work on the part of the responding deputies. The identification of the suspect, his arrest, and the seizure of critical evidence were accomplished quickly and an attempted murder suspect is off the streets and the victim is receiving critical medical care for his life-threatening injury. This investigation was expedited and successful as well due to the cooperation, assistance, and support received from a relative of the suspect and other citizens of the Mt. Shasta Vista subdivision. The assistance from citizens of the Mt. Shasta Vista subdivision illustrates how serious crimes can be solved quickly and efficiently when citizens step forward and assist law enforcement when crimes occur in their communities. The response by Cal Fire and local fire and EMS personnel was noteworthy and appreciated. This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Department’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900,” said Lopey.

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