Man stabbed on boat docked at port


By Steve Marschke

News-Ledger Editor

One man is in the hospital and another is in jail after a stabbing onboard a boat docked at the Port of West Sacramento on Sunday evening.

According to an initial report from a West Sacramento police officer, the incident took place on a privately-owned, 55-foot, concrete-hulled boat docked near the River City Rowing Club.

At about 6:40 p.m., 27-year old Andrew Hornsby “escaped” the boat and flagged down a rowing club member to call 911 after being stabbed about five times in the torso and face. Before being taken away by ambulance, he told police that his assailant was 40-year old Robert Dale Parke of West Sacramento. The victim claimed that Parke pulled a seven-inch knife and stabbed him after the pair argued.

  According to the officer, Hornsby identified Parke before leaving the scene in an ambulance. And, after being read his Miranda rights, the suspect – Parke – told police the knife was still on the boat, reported the officer. Police located the knife on board.

Two women and a third male were also located on the boat.

According to Sergeant Nathan Steele of the W.S.P.D., Hornsby was listed in stable condition Monday morning. Parke was jailed for assault with a deadly weapon.

But detectives were still trying to piece together what happened, Steele told the News-Ledger Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ken Fellows at (916) 617-4955.

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