Local business owner arrested after stabbing at Guthrie's Alley Cat

Antonio Saldana charged with attempted murder

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department has arrested a local business owner, who was wanted in connection with a stabbing at a popular Bakersfield bar.

On July 2, at about 5:30 p.m., Bakersfield police officers went to Guthrie's Alley Cat, located at 1525 Wall Street, regarding a stabbing. When officers arrived, they found a victim inside the business with moderate to major injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed the suspect and victim were involved in a physical altercation inside the business. The suspect fled the business, but returned a short time later, according to reports. The suspect then allegedly stabbed the victim numerous times and fled the scene.

The investigation led to the identification of the suspect, 46-year-old Antonio Saldana.

Authorities raided Saldana's home on Glenwood Drive in northeast Bakersfield following the stabbing at Guthrie's Alley Cat.

Witnesses told investigators Saldana -- who is the owner of Big City Sign Company -- stabbed the victim several times in the chest and head, but authorities are still trying to figure out what the actual weapon was. He was later seen running down Chester Avenue, ducking into several nearby business.

Bakersfield Police Lt. Scott Tunnicliff said Saldana was arrested Tuesday night on attempted murder charges.

Saldana is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call the BPD at 327-7111.

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