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Colusa stabbing suspect held on robbery charges 

 A Colusa man wanted in connection to a stabbing on Cynthia Drive in 2020 has been behind bars in San Joaquin County for more than a month. 

According to the Colusa Police Department, Kevin Barajas-Jimenez, 26, was identified as the suspect in the Dec. 21 stabbing of another man, following an altercation.

The stabbing occurred around 4 PM, but Barajas-Jimenez managed to flee the scene before police arrived, officials said. 

Barajas-Jimenez, who has a violent criminal history in Colusa County, had been released from state prison on parole just six months before the reported stabbing. He has been in the San Joaquin County Jail since his arrest on Jan. 25 by the Stockton Police Department on robbery charges, the day after he was scheduled to appear in Colusa County Superior Court on a drug possession charge. 

“At the time of his arrest (in Stockton), Barajas used a fake name,” said Colusa Lt. Sara Martin. “It wasn’t until his fingerprints came back a period of days later with his correct name that CDCR’s fugitive apprehension team was notified, who in turn notified Colusa PD.” 

According to a Stockton police report, Barajas-Jimenez walked into a business in the Valley Oak District around 3:30 AM on Jan. 25, threatened a 24-year-old male victim with a knife, and made off with an undisclosed amount of property. 

After Barajas-Jimenez fled on foot, responding officers located him nearby and attempted to detain him, the report stated. Police said he resisted apprehension, requiring a taser to be utilized to subdue him. He was booked on $150,000 bail into the San Joaquin County Jail under the alias Carlos Payan on charges alleging robbery and obstruction of a peace officer. 

Martin said Colusa Police interviewed Barajas-Jimenez in the San Joaquin Jail on Feb. 24 regarding the stabbing, and charges are expected to be brought against him in Colusa County. Meanwhile, Barajas will remain in jail on a “no-bail” hold for the Colusa charges, although he will likely have to go through the court process in San Joaquin County first, Martin said. 

At the time of his arrest, Barajas-Jimenez was on parole for a 2020 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, after pleading no contest to the single charge in exchange for dismissal of charges alleging robbery and attempted carjacking. 

He was sentenced to three years but released in July 2020.

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