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Written By: Jim Emerson
ANTIOCH — Johnnie Ray Bryce, a 55-year-old resident of Concord, has been arrested by Antioch police in connection with a stabbing. The suspect has had prior run-ins with the law dating back to at least 1989. His most recent trip to the Martinez Detention Facility was on February 17.
A stabbing was reported that day at 9:03 a.m. Officers were dispatched to a residential neighborhood, near Country Hills Drive and Chism Way.
Police found a victim suffering from a stab wound in the stomach. The victim was transported to a hospital and is expected to survive. Officers learned the stabbing victim was with a group of persons who confronted the suspect.
Witnesses told police that the suspect was seen peering inside parked cars. When confronted by residents, Bryce allegedly brandished a knife at them. There was an altercation which culminated in one resident being stabbed.
The suspect attempted to flee but residents held him down on the ground until police arrived on the scene. A pocketknife that Bryce allegedly used to stab the victim was recovered as evidence. Officers also found in his possession suspected methamphetamine, burglary tools and one round of ammunition.
Bryce was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, possession of a controlled substance, among other felonies. He has prior arrests for robbery, receiving stolen property, assault and battery, and illicit drug possession.