Witness: Stabbing suspect 'was a victim, nothing less, nothing more'

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Kyla Labat turned herself in to Bakersfield police Monday, responding to allegations she stabbed another person. Labat may face an open charge of assault with a deadly weapon, but she's claiming self-defense.

Last Thursday night, police responded to the intersection of Clifton and Texas streets after getting reports of a stabbing.

Labat subsequently admitted to the stabbing. The 27-year-old woman told Eyewitness News her actions were justified, because she was fighting for her life when five young women jumped her, punched her and hit her with metal poles.

Labat said she waited until Monday to turn herself in because she needed someone to look after her two children in case she was arrested.

"There was nobody with my kids, and that's who I was fearing for. I wanted to make sure that they were OK before I made any decisions," Labat said.

Eyewitness News also talked to Russell Glenn-Durgin on Saturday. He witnessed the altercation.

Glen-Durgin said he doesn't know Labat but said she is telling the truth.

"Five girls on one girl, they're the guilty ones, and they're the ones the law should be going after she was a victim, nothing less, nothing more," he said.

Labat said she was nervous to turn herself in, but she said she hopes the evidence will show she was acting in self-defense.

"Hopefully I can come home and be with my kids today. That's what I'm praying for," said Labat.

"(I hope police) do the right thing. See this thing for what it is, a victim. This girl is not someone who was out looking for trouble," Glenn-Durgin said.

Labat was arrested and subsequently booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. She is expected to see a judge within the next 48 hours.

Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to call police at (661) 327-7111.