Published on June 24th, 2015 | by Fox 40 News
Local musician speaks out after being stabbed in Midtown
For Sacramento musician Blake Abbey, this Sunday went from fun to terrifying. “We were on the top of our game, fishing on the American River, ran into friends there, it was like from 10 to 1 in five minutes,” Abbey said.
Abbey is a guitarist in the popular Sacramento band, Musical Charis.
He said he was walking on 21st and O streets with his brother and two musicians when a man with a knife came toward them yelling gay slurs.
“We were literally saying drop the knife, drop the knife,” Abbey said.
The group ran and Abbey quickly called his wife. She didn’t want FOX40 to identify her, but she relived that terrifying phone call.
“‘Babe, please come get me, come pick me up, I just got stabbed, I’m hurt, I need help, please help me. It’s like the worst thing ever,” she said.
Later, Abbey was in a hospital bed with multiple stab wounds on his arms.
Sacramento police were able to arrest the suspect, 25-year-old Timothy Brownell, but he was released on bail.
Now there’s another warrant out for his arrest, on hate crime charges.
“Hopefully, this guy can get locked up soon because if you were there, and you saw him, I mean, there was something weird about it,” Abbey said.
“You can be standing next to someone at a bar, or on the street — walking down the street, and you don’t know what people are thinking or what they can do to you over literally nothing,” Abbey said.
The guitarist said he is staying positive, with help from the community.
The other victims’ band, ‘Slaves,’ is still scheduled to perform Friday night at Concerts in the Park downtown.
There are several other fundraising concerts planned for the victims in Sacramento in the coming weeks.
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