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May 31, 2023

Gilroy man accused of stabbing youth over phone to appear in court

Prosecutors charged a man accused of stabbing a juvenile as part of a cell phone robbery at the Mission Oaks trailer park, and he will appear in court next week.

The San Benito County District Attorney’s Office charged Christian Adame on suspicion of felony robbery with a special allegation of using a deadly weapon, according to court records. Adame is set for a preliminary setting at 2 p.m. Sept. 4 in courtroom 3 before Judge Steven Sanders at the San Benito County Courthouse.

According to the Hollister Police Department:

On Aug. 19 at about 10:02 p.m., Hollister police officers were dispatched Hazel Hawkins Hospital. Hospital staff reported they were currently treating a juvenile for a stab wound.

The victim told Officer Guevara that earlier in the evening he was picking up some snacks at Quik Stop when he was approached by the suspect.  The suspect asked if he was a gang member or affiliate.  The victim replied no.  The suspect then asked the victim for a ride to Mission Oaks Trailer park.  The victim agreed to give him a ride.

Upon their arrival at the trailer park, the suspect asked the victim if he could use his cellular phone.  The victim agreed and the suspect got out of the vehicle with the phone.  The suspect refused to return the phone.  The two argued for a short time before the suspect produced a knife.  The juvenile victim pleaded with the suspect and asked him not to hurt him.  The two began to struggle and the victim was stabbed.  The victim managed to make it back into his vehicle and was able to flee.  The victim was also able to provide Officer Guevara a good description of the suspect.

Officer Guevara along with two other officers arrived at the park to investigate the incident further.  They found the area where the crime had been committed and began to process the crime scene.  Officer Castro helped to ultimately identify the suspect because she was familiar with him from previous contacts.

Officers searched the area and located the suspect nearby.  The suspect is identified as 21 year old Christian Adame of Gilroy, CA.  He was found in possession of the stolen cell phone and taken into custody.

Adame was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse and robbery.  He was also booked on three outstanding warrants.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is requested to contact Officer Guevara at 831-636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.