STOCKTON - The call for help came from a home inside a gated community in Stockton on Saturday around 10:30 p.m. Stockton police said Lope Charvet, 53, tried to kill his stepson.
"The stepfather stabbed his stepson - a 10-year-old boy - multiple times in the body," Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva said.
When officers arrived at the home on the 3200 block of Auburn Chase Circle, they found the boy bleeding profusely and pleading with officers not to let him die. The scene was still chaotic and unsafe for medics to enter, so Officer Anthony Perry carried the child outside.
"That's why we had to take quick action and go inside the house and to get the stepdad before he can harm anyone else," Silva said.
It took awhile before police found their suspect.
"[The suspect] went inside a room inside a house, and locked the door," Silva explained. "It appears that he stabbed himself several times also."
Charvet and his stepson were taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for their injuries. As of Sunday night, the boy was listed in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center. Charvet was released from the hospital and booked into San Joaquin County Jail for attempted murder.
Family members did not want to comment because they were still shaken over the incident.
Residents of the gated community were stunned by the news.
"Pretty quiet, pretty peaceful, you see people going on about their business so it's really a shock," neighbor Paolo Pinano said.
Police don't know what led Charvet to harm his stepson.
"We're going to try to figure out exactly what happened, if he was under the influence of something, and try to dig a little bit more about the family," Silva said.