A man was in serious condition after being stabbed multiple times Monday inside the Pilot Travel Center in Rio Rico in what officials are describing as a dispute between truckers over a parking spot.
Ahmet Gumoskaya, a 33-year-old resident of Pennsylvania, was airlifted to a Tucson hospital after the Pilot manager reported around 3 p.m. that a man was stabbed and “bleeding profusely,” said Sheriff Antonio Estrada. A dispatch report of the 911 call also mentions that the victim was losing consciousness.
The current status of Gumoskaya, who was brought to the Banner University Medical Center, was not available as of Tuesday morning.
The suspect, 37-year-old Dereck Johnson of Orangeburg, S.C., was arrested at the Pilot and booked into county jail on a charge of attempted second-degree murder, Estrada said. Bond or bail has not yet been set.
“(Johnson) was standing by for the arrival of law enforcement, so he did not attempt to go anywhere,” Estrada said.
As for the motive, the sheriff said, “there was a dispute, a disagreement over parking of the tractor-trailers on the lot there.”
Estrada said the verbal disagreement began outside in the parking lot and continued inside the travel center.
“The suspect obviously took out a knife, yielded a knife, and stabbed the victim in the frontal area numerous times," he said.
Estrada said sheriff’s deputies and Rio Rico Fire District personnel immediately arrived on site, and representatives of victim services drove Gumoskaya’s wife to the hospital.
The incident was the second stabbing in Rio Rico in less than a week. Francisco “Kiko” Alejandro Gonzalez, 24, was stabbed and left mortally wounded outside his Rio Rico home early on April 18.
“This is unprecedented. Two knifings within a week period is something we have not experienced for a long time,” Estrada said.