|For Immediate Release
Case # TBAAugust 10, 2007
MAN CHARGED WITH REPEATEDLY STABBING
7-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN THE BATHROOM WHILE SHE
WAS BEING BABYSAT BY A RELATIVE
SANTA ANA – A Santa Ana man has been charged with repeatedly stabbing a 7-year-old girl in the bathroom of his home while she was being babysat by a relative. Nicolas Almanza, 32, is charged with attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation and sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon. He is being held on $500,000 bail and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted of all charges. Almanza is scheduled to be arraigned today, Friday, August 10, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
On the morning of August 9, 2007, Almanza is accused of waking 7-year-old Jane Doe as she slept on the couch of a residence where she was being babysat by a relative. Almanza, who lived in the home, is accused of taking the victim into the bathroom, closing the door behind them, and stabbing her multiple times in the stomach and throat. Family members heard the victim screaming and ran to the bathroom to break down the door. Almanza is accused of running from the bathroom and fleeing the scene. Jane Doe was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.