Blackhawk man accused of stabbing neighbor

69-year-old facing two felony charges

Authorities in Blackhawk arrested a 69-year-old man Wednesday night on suspicion of stabbing a neighbor in the gated community.

James Spence was taken into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism, according to Jimmy Lee of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. Spence was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility and later released on $50,000 bail.

The situation unfolded late Wednesday night near the 200 block of Conifer Terrace in Blackhawk when deputies received a call about a reported stabbing in the area, according to Lee.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found a 47-year-old Blackhawk man suffering from stab wounds, according to Lee. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Deputies later located Spence and arrested him on suspicion of committing the stabbing as well as an act of vandalism against the victim, according to Lee. It appears the attack was the result of an undisclosed dispute between the two men.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Blackhawk Police Services at 736-1018, or contact the sheriff's office anonymously at 866-846-3592 or

The story was first reported by Danville San Ramon Updates.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story included several incident details that could not be corroborated by the sheriff's office as of Friday afternoon. regrets the error.

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19 people like this
Posted by Guru
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 6, 2018 at 7:40 am

Life is more precious as it becomes shorter. No small stuff should matter. Be at peace with your neighbors.

10 people like this
Posted by Danville Dad
a resident of Danville
on Apr 6, 2018 at 9:55 am

Anyone, regardless of old age, senior citizen status, who brandishes a weapon and bangs on his neighbors door, stabbing the neighbor, needs to go away for the remainder of their lives. Everyone thinks, now that the current administration has opened the flood gates to any and all activity, we can become as violent and abusive to our neighbors as we see fit. Set an example, put this nut away. Oh won't you be my neighbor!!!

33 people like this
Posted by Danville Mom
a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 6, 2018 at 10:22 am

Oh come on Danville Dad! This unfortunate incident has nothing to do with Trump. Nice try. Since the article does not go further into explaining the incident, none of us really know the circumstances of the alleged assailant. Could it be emerging lack of capacity? We don't know and all parties have the right to medical privacy. If this was your dad (or you someday) acting out, I am sure you would want all the facts and help before you screamed "lock him up." By the way, my sympathies to the victim and his family. A trauma that no one should have to go through.

15 people like this
Posted by Danville Neighbor
a resident of Danville
on Apr 6, 2018 at 11:32 am

I agree with Danville Mom. It was a nice try to blame this one on Trump.

22 people like this
Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Apr 6, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Rick is a registered user.

Danville Dad - why do you find it necessary to politicize a stabbing where most of the facts, besides the fact that a stabbing and tire slashing occurred, are unknown? The likelihood that the perpetrator is a liberal is a lot better, given the abnormal level of liberals in CA generally and northern CA in particular, makes it much more likely the perp is 'one of yours'. Ooopppsss!!! I guess I made it political, too.

2 people like this
Posted by Nora Chuch
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Apr 7, 2018 at 7:44 am

Has anybody tried to figure out what the motive was? I lived in Shadow Hills and loved the community.

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