Suspect in stabbing to be considered ‘armed and dangerous,’ detective says

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A Cool resident is still in the hospital after he was stabbed repeatedly Friday night, and Auburn police are asking for help in finding a suspect in the case. Auburn Police Detective Adam Cline said the department is still looking for Cool resident Gavin Rasmussen, 20. “He is wanted for attempted murder,” Cline said Monday morning. “He needs to be caught. He can be considered armed and dangerous. We are going to keep going until he gets caught.” Police arrested Joseph James Montgomery, 19, also of Cool, Friday night. The 19-year-old male victim, whose name has not been released, discovered his car had been broken into where it had been parked at Auburn Lake Trails Friday night, according to the Auburn Police Department. When the victim saw a car leaving the scene, he reportedly got into his vehicle and followed Montgomery and Rasmussen in their vehicle, driving through the American River Canyon to Auburn, according to the department. According to the police, Montgomery and Rasmussen’s vehicle struck a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck at one point and their car spun out into a Grass Valley Highway embankment before continuing to Auburn with the victim still following. When Montgomery and Rasmussen’s car stopped in a parking lot in the 500 block of Auburn Folsom Road, the victim confronted the two men and demanded to have his property back. When a fight began the victim received multiple stab wounds. The man was still recovering at Sutter Roseville Medical Center as of Monday morning, Cline said. “He’s stable, still in the hospital,” he said. “He will probably be in the hospital for awhile.” Cline said Montgomery and Rasmussen did allegedly steal items from the victim’s car, but he could not comment on what they were and said he is hoping to recover them later. Cline said the driver of the blue Dodge Ram has not come to the police, but the department is asking him or her to do so. “We would like to get a hold of that guy to see if that really happened,” Cline said. “All the statements kind of confirmed that happened, but it would be better to have that as well.” The collision took place sometime between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Friday. Montgomery, who was booked on a felony charge of attempted murder, was in custody in the Placer County Jail and was ineligible for bail as of Monday. Cline said he has advice for people who find themselves in a similar situation of discovering a theft and seeing a suspect flee the scene. “Just report it to the police,” Cline said. “Just let us handle it because it’s not worth getting hurt like (the stabbing victim) did. He was upset over his property being stolen like anyone would be. He was upset and he asked them, ‘Hey can I have my stuff back?’ And he didn’t realize who he was dealing with. He didn’t think they would take it to that level, but you never know who you are dealing with and who is in that car. They could have gotten out with a gun or anything else.” Anyone with information about Rasmussen’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Cline at (530) 823-4237, ext. 238. Reach Bridget Jones at