The stabbing of a 21-year-old San Luis Obispo man last month came shortly after a $40 marijuana transaction, according to a search warrant filed by the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
The warrant requests a search of 19-year-old attempted murder suspect Cole Sterling Milton’s Santa Maria residence for the alleged weapon used in the attack against Justin Hirsch.
Hirsch told police that he and two other men sold a small quantity of marijuana for $40 to Milton and an unidentified man near a donut shop on Higuera Street in the early morning of Feb. 6.
When the two groups separated, Hirsch told police he realized they were being followed by Milton and the other man.
“After pulling over, all parties got out of their vehicles and a verbal argument ensued,” the warrant states. “The argument then escalated to a physical altercation.”
The warrant states that Hirsch began fighting with Milton, and then Milton pulled out a knife and stabbed Hirsch multiple times.
Hirsch’s companions called 911, and he was treated at French Hospital Medical Center for multiple wounds that included an eight-inch cut to his right arm, cuts to his back and ribs, and two puncture wounds in his hip.
Milton is scheduled to appear in San Luis Obispo Superior Court for an arraignment April 1.