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    An ongoing dispute between two brothers escalated in dramatic fashion July 3 after one allegedly stabbed the other multiple times.

    Police and paramedic vehicles stage outside a home where a stabbing occurred.
    Law enforcement and EMS responded to the scene of a stabbing Friday shortly before 1 a.m. One man was taken into custody after he allegedly severely injured his brother. Photo by Carter Pape

    Law enforcement was sent to a home in the 1100 block of South San Miguel several minutes before 1 a.m. There they found Keshaun Yanito lying on his back in a puddle of blood, unconscious and with his mother trying to wake him while she applied pressure to his wounds.

    In a chair was Shereldon “Bobby” Yanito, 20, his face bloodied and looking like, as one officer wrote in his report, he had “been in a fight.” His face was bloody and his lips were swollen, he also had a limp due to a reported dog bite.

    Bobby Yanito allegedly admitted he stabbed his brother and he was restrained and put in a patrol unit while officers continued to help care for Keshaun Yanito until EMS arrived.

    According to the report, Bobby Yanito told law enforcement officials that the fight started after he called his brother a “crab,” which is purportedly an “insult for people who are in the Crips gang.”

    He said his brother head-butted him and knocked him out when the fight went outside. Dogs, he said, attacked his legs. Keshaun Yanito carried him back inside, he said, and resumed head-butting him. He said he played dead, according to law enforcement reports.

    Bobby Yanito said he ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife when his brother got off of him to lock the front door. “That’s when I stabbed him,” he allegedly said.

    Two weeks earlier, law enforcement on June 19 were called to a home on Red Valley Court. They used less than lethal means to subdue Bobby Yanito after he allegedly tried to pick a fight with his father and got into a violent confrontation with Keshaun Yanito.

    In that incident, Bobby Yanito held a knife to his own throat before he was subdued. He was charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of intoxication, disorderly conduct and a minor in possession or under the influence of alcohol.

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