2017-07-06 / Front Page

Suspect wanted for stabbing at fairgrounds

By Gazette staff

Clifton “Poncho” Barnhard, age 61, is shown.Clifton “Poncho” Barnhard, age 61, is shown.The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for Clifton “Poncho” Barnhard, 61, of Mariposa.

Barnhard is wanted in connection with a stabbing that occurred at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds on the afternoon of July 7.

Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at the fairgrounds at approximately 5:15pm. The victim was located in the grass area near the Gold Bowl. Prior to deputies arriving on scene the suspect fled the area in a small gray sedan.

"There was a lot going on because of the two fires on two opposite sides of the County," said Kristie Mitchell, public information officer.

This incident is not related to the Yosemite Music Festival currently being held at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, officials say.

Both the suspect and the victim are local to Mariposa County.

The victim has been flown to an area hospital and his condition is not known at this time.

Those with any information on the whereabouts of Barnhard are asked to contact the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office immediately at (209) 966-3615.

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