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Suspect in jogger stabbing faces attempted murder charges

October 29, 2012 |  1:32 pm

JoggerAn 18-year-old man is set to be formally charged Tuesday with attempted murder for allegedly sneaking up behind a female jogger in Rossmoor last week and stabbing her multiple times, Orange County prosecutors said.

James Anthony Rivas of Rossmoor was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem and attempted robbery with a sentencing enhancement for premeditation and deliberation in the attempted murder and inflicting great bodily injury, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors have accused Rivas of approaching the 27-year-old victim as she jogged in a Rossmoor neighborhood last Tuesday. Prosecutors said he grabbed her and stabbed her multiple times, cutting her face, back, arm and hand.

The woman reportedly knocked the knife from his hand in an attempt to flee, but he picked it up again and pursued her, continuing to stab her, prosecutors said. The suspect then fled the scene.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Rivas was arrested last Thursday by Orange County Sheriff's Department detectives.


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Photo: James Rivas  Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department