LOS BANOS, CA – On March 1, 2016 at approximately 7:13 p.m., the Los Banos Police Department responded to a bar in the 500 Block of I Street regarding a stabbing. When officers arrived they located two victims, one 22-year-old female, and one 24-year-old male, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Witnesses reported the suspect, 27-year-old Irving Anel Armand of Los Banos attacked both victims and fled to a nearby apartment before officers arrived.

As Officers Rivas and Hew approached the apartment, the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody. During the arrest, officers recovered a knife believed to have been used during the attack.

Both victims were airlifted to a Modesto area hospital and were listed in stable condition. The female victim suffered injuries to her head, and the male victim suffered injuries to his upper torso.

Detectives have interviewed several witnesses to the incident and at this point a motive for the attack is still unclear.

Armand is currently in custody pending $500,000.00 bail, charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of mayhem. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Robert Wiens at (209) 827-7070 ext. 137.

To leave an anonymous crime tip call 209-827-7070 Ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s web page at At the bottom of the “Contact” page simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or contact the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at

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