Atascadero police looking for two men in connection with stabbing

Atascadero police are investigating a stabbing that occurred Wednesday morning in the 7200 block of Santa Lucia Road.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., police responded to the home after a neighbor called to report a verbal dispute.

Police were met in the driveway by Quincy Simms, 27, who was holding two large carving knives and bleeding from a wound in his thigh.

Officers told him to drop his weapons, and "he took several steps toward the officers and lunged at them from a distance," Cmdr. Steve Gesell said.

Simms then stopped and complied with officers' orders to drop the knives, Gesell said. Simms was arrested and taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton; he is expected to survive, police said.

Two other men reportedly attacked Simms; one hit him in the head with a hammer and the other stabbed him in the thigh, police said. A witness told police that the suspects fled in a yellow truck before officers arrived.

Police determined that the alleged attack was personal and that the public is not at risk, Gesell said. An exact motive is not yet known.

Simms was arrested on charges of brandishing a deadly weapon and assaulting a police officer, both felonies, and was booked into County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.