|For Immediate Release
Case # 12WF2895
October 29, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
TEEN SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A FEMALE JOGGER BY STABBING HER MULTIPLE TIMES
WESTMINSTER – A teen is scheduled to be arraigned today for the attempted murder of a female jogger by stabbing her multiple times. James Anthony Rivas, 18, Rossmoor, is charged with one felony count each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem, and attempted robbery with a sentencing enhancement for premeditation and deliberation for the attempted murder and inflicting great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison. The People will be requesting Rivas be held on $1 million bail at his arraignment this afternoon, Oct. 29, 2012, in Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster. The time is to be determined.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2012, Rivas is accused of approaching 27-year-old Jane Doe, who was jogging through a residential neighborhood in Rossmoor.
Rivas is accused of sneaking up behind Jane Doe, grabbing her, and stabbing her multiple times with a knife. The defendant is accused of cutting the victim’s face, back, arm, and hand. Rivas is accused of picking the knife back up after Jane Doe knocked it out of his hand. Rivas is accused of pursuing Jane Doe and continuing to stab her. The defendant is accused of fleeing the scene after a neighbor heard screaming and came outside.
Jane Doe was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
At approximately 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2012, Orange County Sheriff’s Department detectives, who investigated this case, arrested Rivas.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Brett Brian of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.