SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who allegedly slashed a fellow trolley rider with a box cutter in Old Town and then commandeered a car from a 75-year-old man outside a nearby restaurant pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted murder and other charges.
Gregory Charles Davis, 54, was ordered held on $500,000 bail.
Deputy District Attorney Christopher Moon told Judge David Szumowski that Davis and the stabbing victim were both riding on the trolley about 12:30 p.m. Monday when the defendant - seemingly unprovoked - slashed the victim in the throat, leaving a 4-inch laceration.
Davis and the victim apparently knew each other, the prosecutor said.
Once off the trolley, Davis allegedly confronted a 75-year-old man near Perry's Cafe, demanding the keys to his car, Moon said.
Davis allegedly punched the man and drove off recklessly, nearly causing two hit-and-run accidents, the prosecutor said.
Shortly before 3 p.m., a television news cameraman driving through Clairemont Mesa spotted the stolen Buick parked and abandoned alongside the southbound lanes of Interstate 805, near Mesa College Drive, police said.
Officers with a service dog searched a brushy open area into which the carjacker apparently had fled after pulling over on the freeway, according to police. About 4 p.m., police took the suspect into custody off the 7800 block of Mission Center Road.
Davis will be back in court Oct. 7 for a readiness conference and Oct. 12 for a preliminary hearing.
He faces 15 years in prison if convicted of attempted murder, carjacking, elder abuse and two misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run. Moon said.
Two dogs attacked a woman and her toddler son on an East County roadside Thursday, leaving them seriously injured, authorities said.
A San Diego man who beat, raped and strangled a female friend after watching her have sex with another couple, then stuffed her body in a suitcase and put it out with the trash was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On Friday, more pups across the country will join their masters at the office, gym and other businesses for the 20th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris toured the Otay Mesa Immigration and Detention Facility Friday and visited migrant mothers who were separated from their children.
Three buildings on the campus of San Diego State University were briefly evacuated Friday due to a gas leak.
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As the weather heats up, County Animal Services says you may see more rattlesnakes out and about. The department has already received 656 rattlesnake calls since the beginning of the year, 100 more than last year at this time. Some 30 calls came in since last Wednesday.
A bleeding, gravely injured man banged on the door of a Lemon Grove home in an apparent last-gasp plea for help, and his death a short time later prompted sheriff's deputies to launch a homicide investigation, authorities said Friday.
High pressure over Northern Mexico will warm temperatures Friday. Coastal areas cooler due to weak onshore flow. Excessive heat warning in effect for San Diego County deserts through Friday evening.