Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
March 26, 2010
Susan Kang Schroeder
16-YEAR-OLD DIRECT FILED AS ADULT FOR STABBING FORMER CLASSMATE AND ASSAULTING TWO OTHER TEENS WITH A CARVING KNIFE
NEWPORT BEACH – A 16-year-old has been charged as an adult for stabbing a former classmate in the stomach and assaulting two of the victim’s friends with a carving knife. Michael Jason Wilson, Laguna Beach, is charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison. Wilson is out of custody on $65,000 bail and is scheduled for continued arraignment March 29, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
Prior to March 11, 2010, Wilson is accused of engaging in an online rivalry with 17-year-old Julian C. on Facebook and through text messages and e-mail. The defendant is accused of agreeing to meet Julian C. at Wilson’s house on March 11, 2010.
On the agreed-upon date, Julian C. and 16-year-olds Nicholas L. and Sam S. drove with a fourth friend to Wilson’s Laguna Beach home after school. The victims and the defendant had previously attended the same high school, which Wilson was no longer attending. Wilson is accused of meeting Julian C. outside of the house while the other three waited in the car. After a confrontation, Wilson is accused of using a carving knife with a 12-inch blade, which he had brought outside with him, and stabbing Julian C. in the stomach.
The three waiting friends got out of the car and ran to help Julian C. and disarm Wilson. Wilson is accused of struggling with the victims and cutting the hands and arms of Nicholas L. and Sam S. The fourth friend was not physically injured. The three victims and their friend were able to get back into their car and drive away. They flagged down a passing police officer and were transported to the hospital for treatment.
Responding officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department arrested Wilson that day at his home. Julian C. underwent surgeries to treat stab wounds to his stomach and hands. He was released from the hospital after one week. Nicholas L. underwent surgery on his hand and received stitches. Sam S. received stitches for his wounds.