Photo: Amanda Burback
A pocketknife was the weapon of choice in a December 20th, 2018, parking lot spat over an ex-boyfriend. The Sonora altercation involved suspect 28 year old Amanda Burback, from the Calaveras County city of Murphys, and an unnamed female victim.
Officials from the Sonora Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call concerning the physical fracas in the parking lot of a business at 130 Stockton Road in Sonora.
At that time, officers found the suspect, Burback, but not the victim. The latter’s identify became clear a short while later, after she arrived at Adventist Health Sonora Emergency Room, reporting to have been stabbed. Her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.
Police investigation of the situation revealed that Burback and the unnamed adult female victim had begun fighting over a prior boyfriend, though whose boyfriend police did not make clear.
In the course of the altercation, Burback used her pocket knife to stab the victim twice in the abdomen while threatening to kill her. After the knifing, and upon hearing police sirens approaching, the two women went their separate ways.
Burback received charges of attempted homicide and was booked at Tuolumne County Jail that same day.