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Transient arrested in Citrus Heights after New Year’s Day stabbing

By Mike Hazlip—
A man wanted for attempted murder in a stabbing on Sunday was arrested in Citrus Heights on Tuesday, a media release by the Placer County Sheriff said.

The suspect, 34-year-old Joseph Dodd, was arrested in Citrus Heights after a woman was stabbed around 9 p.m. on Jan. 1 in the 3900 block of Grass Valley Highway, authorities said.

Deputies responded to the location and found a woman in a trailer with a stab wound to her chest. She was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

During the course of their investigation, sheriff’s deputies identified Dodd as the suspect, saying he was a local transient from the Auburn area. Detectives believe Dodd fled to Sacramento County, where he was eventually found in Citrus Heights and arrested, the release said.

It is unclear where in Citrus Heights the arrest occurred, but the sheriff’s department posted a photo, apparently of the suspect, sitting handcuffed on a curb in a parking lot next to a white vehicle. The man’s face is not shown in the photo.

Dodd was arrested for attempted murder, authorities said.

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