Photo by John Schreiber.

Two teenage boys from the Riverside County town of Hemet were recovering Tuesday after being stabbed by their schizophrenic older brother, according to police.

The youths, identified only as a 14-year-old and 16-year-old, each suffered non-life-threatening wounds during the alleged attack by 19-year-old Andrew Rangel.

Hemet police Lt. Eddie Pust said Rangel went after his younger siblings shortly after 1 p.m. Monday at their residence in the 300 block of Gilia Street.

According to Pust, Rangel’s family told police that he suffers from schizophrenia.

The suspect was not booked into jail and will likely undergo a mental health screening before any criminal action, if any, is taken, officials said. It wasn’t clear how the younger brothers’ safety would be assured.

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The youngest boy was stabbed in the neck, while the 16-year-old was knifed in the shoulder, according to Pust, who did not elaborate on the circumstances.

Pust said officers were called to the scene immediately after the attack and encountered Rangel about a block away. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The youngest boy was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley for treatment, while his brother was brought to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar. Both are expected to recover.


–City News Service

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