SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who used a box cutter to stab a man in the neck on the San Diego Trolley before taking a vehicle from another man outside a restaurant near the Old Town station was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison.
Gregory Charles Davis, who has a history of mental health and drug issues, pleaded guilty last month to assault with a deadly weapon, assault likely to cause great bodily injury, willful cruelty to an elder and auto theft.
Davis, 55, apologized for his actions before being sentenced by Superior Court Judge Robert F. O'Neill.
"I'm sorry for the victims," the defendant said. "I'll come back a better person."
At an earlier hearing, a couple of trolley riders testified Davis was acting erratically before he came down an aisle, yelled something and stabbed a man he apparently knew around 12:30 p.m. last Sept. 26. The victim required emergency throat surgery for a life-threatening wound, authorities said.
Prosecutors said that after the stabbing, Davis got off the trolley, punched a 75-year-old man near Perry's Cafe and drove off in the man's car, causing two hit-and-run crashes. A television news cameraman later spotted the vehicle abandoned on the 805 freeway, and Davis was taken into custody off the 7800 block of Mission Center Road.
A San Diego police detective testified that Davis told him gangsters or U.S. Marshals were on the trolley trying to make a case against him, and that he hit someone with a box cutter. Davis admitted stealing the car near Old Town and getting into an accident, the detective said.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
San Diego and other areas of Southern California may get significant rain this week, according to the National Weather Service.
Two people were killed in head-on crash, as the driver of a stolen car sped away from deputies and veered into oncoming traffic near Pauma Valley Sunday.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.