The district attorney’s office for Alameda County recently charged a California man with five felony counts for allegedly attempting a violent crime, possibly motivated by drug reasons.
According to local police reports, the 42-year-old Oakland man twice stabbed a man who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked van in South Berkley before demanding the victim’s wallet. After the victim complied, the man allegedly ordered him and a passenger to exit the van. However, the passenger refused, which caused the assailant to flee the scene.
The stabbing victim was able to drive himself and his passenger to a local hospital. Unfortunately, he is in serious condition. Doctors performed an emergency surgery and are hopeful for his recovery. However, his recuperation may be lengthy, as the knifing punctured the man’s liver and small intestines.
Authorities interviewed witnesses to the alleged violent crime, who were able to identify the man from a photo line-up. That identification led authorities to discover that the assailant had a criminal record -- eight previous felony convictions, including some drug offenses. Despite that identification, police did not apprehend the accused until several weeks later.
The accused has been charged with multiple felonies, including attempted murder and attempted robbery. His repeat offenses, as well as the use of a deadly weapon during the alleged offense, could result in life imprisonment. Although an experienced criminal defense attorney might be able to exclude some of the man’s prior criminal offenses from trial, as overly prejudicial, prosecutors might be less willing to negotiate a plea bargain for a repeat offender. An attorney might face an uphill battle, attempting to ensure procedural fairness for this criminal defendant.
Source: berkelyside.com, “8-time felon arrested after attempted homicide,” Emilie Raguso, May 23, 2013