Auburn man arrested for stabbing attempt

Padilla was drunk, searching for wife, facility manager says
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A man arrested Sunday for trying to stab two male occupants of a drug treatment center remained in custody Monday. Javier Padilla, 31, of Auburn and Oakland, allegedly tried to stab the men while searching for his wife, a drug treatment patient, according to the manager of the center on the 500 block of Nevada Street. According to the manager, who declined to give his name because of confidentiality agreements, Padilla thought his wife lived in a building closest to the road, but she had previously been moved to a different building on the property. The confrontation began in the Auburn Collision Center parking lot Sunday night, the manager said. The manager said Padilla was drunk, but according to Auburn Police Capt. John Ruffcorn that is still part of a continuing investigation. According to Sgt. Victor Pecoraro, one of the victims received minor cuts from the weapon. “It was similar to an ice pick, but it wasn’t an ice pick,” Ruffcorn said. “That is how it was described.” Before police arrived, Padilla threatened to come back and kill other residents before leaving the scene, Pecoraro said. One of the victims got the license plate number of the car Padilla was driving, which Auburn Police Dispatch confirmed was stolen from Tracy, according to Pecoraro. According to Pecoraro, Padilla returned to the scene after officers arrived and then sped southbound on Nevada Street. Padilla crashed into a dirt and rock embankment on the corner of Palm Avenue and Nevada Street. He ran into a resident’s backyard, where police found him hiding in grass, Pecoraro said. The grass wasn’t tall enough to conceal Padilla, Ruffcorn said. “He pretty much gave up at that point,” Ruffcorn said. According to an Auburn Collision Center employee, the sales office was closed by 6 p.m. Sunday, so no one heard or saw anything. Carolyn Edwards, who lives on the corner of Palm Avenue and Nevada Street, said she was already in bed by that time and didn’t see or hear anything, but thinks it was probably her yard Padilla hid in. “I’m the only one with a backyard,” Edwards said. Edwards said an old school bell was stolen out of her yard about two weeks ago, and Padilla’s alleged crime makes her feel even more uncomfortable. “That’s scary,” she said. “It’s just been one thing after another.” Bill Eisley, who also lives on Palm Avenue, said he was already asleep at the time of the arrest and didn’t see or hear anything. Padilla, who had a warrant for his arrest for being under the influence of a controlled substance, was booked into Placer County Jail. He was also booked on charges of possession of stolen property, assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats and driving under the influence. Padilla remains in custody on a $75,999 bail. Reach Bridget Jones at