Trucker Arrested for Attempted Homicide After Stabbing Driver in Parking Space Dispute

Santa Nella, CA – A trucker was arrested for attempted homicide following an argument with a fellow driver over a parking spot while at a truck stop fuel pump.

According to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), deputies were dispatched around 9 a.m. on Friday to the Petro Stopping Center located at 28991 West Gonzaga Road in Santa Nella.


Officers arrived to the truck stop to find an unnamed victim “bleeding from multiple stab wounds to the head, neck, arm, and chest.”

MCSO said the suspect — identified as Kuldeep Sandhu of Sacramento, CA — was detained by a citizen.

Officials said Sandhu was covered in blood.

Investigators determined the two truckers “got into a verbal argument over a parking spot at the gas pumps.”

During the course of the argument, MCSO said Sandhu “produced a ceremonial knife” and proceeded to stab the victim multiple times.

MCSO said Kuldeep Sandhu of Sacramento, CA, repeatedly stabbed a fellow driver with a “ceremonial knife” during a parking space dispute at a truck stop in Santa Nella on Friday, September 18.

Sandhu was arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail on attempted homicide charges.

The victim was airlifted to a local hospital.


He remains in critical condition.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen the altercation or have more information regarding the incident to call the investigation bureau at (209) 385-7472.

Photos courtesy MCSO



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  1. I’ve not been in a truck stop since I started my new route, fueling at the terminal I work out of. If conditions have devolved to this level, I doubt I’ll ever stop at one again.


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