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.
A wildfire that scorched about 200 brushy acres in the southeastern reaches of San Diego County Monday threatened back-country homes and a naval training center for several hours, but caused no reported structural damage or injuries.
News 8's Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow traveled to Wyoming to see the Great American Eclipse. He had one of the best view points in the nation with clear skies and temperatures in the low 80's.
The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.
Sempra Energy is buying Texas power transmitter Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash, wresting it away from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.
An oft-deported Mexican citizen drove drunk and caused a hit-and-run crash in San Ysidro that seriously injured a 6-year-old boy, a prosecutor alleged Monday, but a defense attorney told jurors that her client wasn't behind the wheel at the time of the collision.
Thousands of San Diegans enjoyed viewing Monday's solar eclipse at events around the city as 57 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon.
If you're planning on watching Monday's solar eclipse you'll need to head east as morning clouds along the coast will likely block those near the beaches from seeing the celestial event.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during Monday's eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
People across the country are getting ready to view an historic solar eclipse. News 8's Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow headed to a small town in Wyoming to view it and brings us the story.