Los Banos Talk
On March 20, 2021 at approximately 11:02 am. Los Banos Police responded to a report of a stabbing in the 2000 block of Genoa Ct. Los Banos, Ca. While responding, the father of the suspect told police that his adult son had stabbed both himself and his wife and were still inside the house.
Officers Tyler Wilson, Brock DeWitt, Juan Ramos and Jack Hostetler arrived on scene and forced entry into the home, after hearing the male victim calling for help. Once inside the residence, they encountered the suspect, 36 year old Lawrence Smith Jr. Smith was armed with a large knife and standing in the hallway when officers made contact with him. Smith was not complying with officers orders to drop the knife, so the officers shot him with a Taser device and was able to safely take him into custody. None of the officers were injured during this incident.
The father of the suspect was found by police in the home with several stab wounds to the lower body. The mother was found in a bedroom with several major stab wounds to the upper body. Both victims were air lifted to a Modesto area hospital for treatment. The father was released from the hospital later that day, but the mother remains at the hospital but is being reported as being in stable condition.
Smith was booked into the Los Banos Police Department Jail, and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.
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