|For Immediate Release
Case # 12CF1106
April 16, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR RESISTING AND ASSAULTING POLICE OFFICER WITH A KNIFE
SANTA ANA – A man will be arraigned today on charges of attempted murder for resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer with a knife while high on methamphetamine. Carlos Alberto Leon, 28, Tustin, is charged with one felony count of attempted murder of a peace officer, one felony count of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and two felony counts of deterring an executive officer, with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury and the personal used of a deadly weapon. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life with the possibility of parole in state prison. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, April 16, 2012, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
On the night of April 12, 2012, Leon is accused of using methamphetamines. When his brother arrived at their Tustin residence, Leon is accused of getting confrontational and threatening to kill his brother. Leon’s brother called the Tustin Police Department (TPD) to report the threat.
When TPD Officers Nguyen and Roque arrived at the residence and tried to subdue the defendant, Leon is accused of resisting and being uncooperative while holding a fishing pole. The officers struggled with Leon and deployed a Taser once, but Leon is accused of not responding and instead grabbing Officer Nguyen’s department-issued knife. He is accused of threatening to kill the officers and slashing Officer Nguyen’s face and neck. Both officers were then able to subdue Leon and take him into custody.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Christopher Duff of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.