Three injured in two Collier stabbings

Jose Sotero Gaona

Jose Sotero Gaona

Three people were hospitalized in two stabbings in Collier County over the weekend.

On Saturday, a 32-year-old field worker in Immokalee told deputies he was paying other workers when he was approached by a man later identified as Jose Sotero Gaona. Gaona, 42, said he was owed payment for two days' work, but the field worker said he did not know Gaona and did not owe him anything, according to reports.

Gaona chased the man and stabbed him in the back, reports said. He was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital via air ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

Gaona, of the 600 block of North 10th Street, faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

In a separate stabbing early Sunday, two cooks at a Naples restaurant said they were riding bicycles home around 2 a.m. when four men jumped out of a white car near the intersection of Pine and Mangrove streets. The men attacked the cooks with knives, stealing a wallet and $30 from one cook, and $100 from the other.

One cook, who had his wrist cut, had minor injuries. The other cook, who was cut in the back of the head, was seriously injured. Both were taken to NCH Downtown Naples Hospital.

Reports did not give a description of the four suspects.

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