Tyson Ray Stenson Jr., 23 of Blythe, was arrested by the Blythe Police Department (BPD) on Jan. 4 at the Budget Inn in relation to an alleged stabbing.

A Jan. 8 felony in-custody arraignment for Stenson to plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest was pushed to Jan. 11; disposed to Jan. 12; disposed again, and now calendared for the afternoon of Jan. 13.

The listed charges include alleged felony violations of Penal Code (PC) section 664/187(a), attempted murder, and PC section 422, criminal threats of death/great bodily injury.

“On January 4, 2021(,) at about 7:04 (p.m.,) Blythe Police Dispatch received a 911 call about a man that been stabbed at 939 East Hobsonway. At approximately 7:07 (p.m.,) Officers from the Blythe Police Department arrived in the area and contacted the (v)ictim of the stabbing by China Garden,” stated BPD. “Medics were directed to the location of the victim. The victim was treated and later transported to the airport to be flown out for further medical care. Blythe Police Officers and assisting (l)aw (e)nforcement (a)gencies searched the motel and found 23-year-old Tyson Stenson Junior in room 109. Based on the statement given by the victim, Stenson was arrested, without incident, and booked into the Blythe Jail for Attempt Murder and Criminal Threats.”

Blythe area station CHP, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Border Patrol, and BPD all responded to the incident.

At one point, a BPD officer brought over Stenson’s grandmother to speak to him via a law enforcement unit’s loudspeaker.

According to court records, Stenson is facing alleged enhancement violations of PC section 12022(b)(1), use of a weapon during the commission of a felony; PC section 12022.1, committed while released on bail/own recognizance (OR); and PC section 120227.7(a), great bodily injury (GBI).

Court records further note Stenson is on formal probation (through June 24, 2023) for an April 2020 conviction of violating felony PC section 69, resisting or deterring an officer.

Along with the felony in-custody arraignment, a hearing on Petition to Violate/Revoke/Modify/or Terminate Probation was also scheduled for the afternoon of Jan. 11 and disposed to Jan. 12.

To date, Stenson remains in custody with a bail ordered at $1,180,000.

“Anyone with information regarding this case or any other case is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by (email) at blythepd@cityofblythe.ca.gov,” stated BPD.

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