ATWATER, CA – Officers with the Atwater PD, Atwater Fire Rescue and Riggs responded at approximately 2:30 am this morning to a call at the Applegate INN located at 1501 Sycamore Ave. Witnesses stated there was a large law enforcement presence with crime scene tape around the entire front of the Applegate INN and a person was seen being given CPR before one witness described seeing a body bag being taken to the area of the incident.
PD has confirmed the victim was stabbed. The victim has been identified as 18-year-old Sergio Avelar from Atwater. He was fpund stabbed to death inside a motel room at the Applegate Inn.
“The investigation is in its early stages. It’s too early to comment on (motives), but investigators have not ruled anything out at this point,” Lt Samuel Joseph said to MCNTV News.
A call was placed to the Applegate INN and the on-duty manager stated that they had no comment at the time. Another call was placed to the watch commander at Atwater PD and we were told that he would have to call us back with an update when he is available.
This story will be updated.