5 teens arrested for attempted murder in Novato

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Five juveniles were arrested on Tuesday for attempted murder charges at Lynwood School that left a boy in critical condition. 

The suspects were three 13-year-olds and two 15-year-old students. The Novato Police Department did not specify which school the 13-year-olds go to. 

All five were residents of Novato and are in custody at Marin County Juvenile Hall. 

One adult, Emerson Gonzales Ordonez, 19, was also arrested in connection to the case. He was booked into the Marin County Jail for suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime and aiding/abetting a felonious act.

“The victim in this case remains in critical condition at a Bay Area hospital, facing a lengthy recovery,” NPD wrote.

The stabbing happened on October 24 at 6:50 p.m. The Novato police officers received a call from school staff that a group of teenagers was causing a disturbance at Lynwood School after school hours. 

Officers arrived at the scene and found a critically injured 16-year-old boy with multiple stab wounds. Life-saving medical aid was performed before the victim was taken to a local trauma center. 

Another victim, a 17-year-old boy, was also assaulted and suffered minor injuries. 

According to witnesses, they saw several juveniles flee the area in a vehicle after the attack. 

An investigation was launched and officers interviewed dozens of witnesses, went over video surveillance, and collected evidence from the scene of the crime. 

“We would like to recognize the witnesses and community members that came forward with information that assisted in the investigation. While this has been a very difficult case for our community, we recognize the care and concern expressed by our community for the victim and his family. We have worked tirelessly over the past week to identify those involved in this vicious attack,” police wrote.

The Novato Police Department collaborated with staff from the Novato Unified School District to put school safety measures in place.

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