Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
TRANSIENT THIRD-STRIKER TO BE ARRAIGNED
FOR UNPROVOKED STABBING OF
14-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN VILLA PARK
SANTA ANA – A transient third-striker will be arraigned today for the unprovoked stabbing of a 14-year-old girl in Villa Park while she was walking with a friend from a bagel shop. David Edward Eddy, 50, is charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, one felony count of possession of a deadly weapon, and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury. He is currently charged with having two prior strike convictions for a 1992 first degree burglary in San Francisco County and a 1984 aggravated assault in Los Angeles County. The investigation is ongoing. He faces a maximum sentence of 28 years to life in prison if convicted. The People will be requesting $1 million bail at Eddy’s arraignment today, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Aug. 17, 2008, 14-year-old Jane Doe and her friend were walking back to the friend’s house southbound on Santiago Boulevard in Villa Park after having breakfast at a nearby bagel shop. Eddy is accused of walking the opposite direction on the other side of the street. He is accused of seeing the two girls, crossing over onto the same side of the street, and walking toward them. As Jane Doe and her friends tried to pass the defendant, Eddy is accused of pulling out a knife and lunging at the victim. He is accused of inflicting two puncture wounds. Jane Doe’s friend yelled for the victim to run and the two girls ran to a nearby gas station where good Samaritans called 9-1-1 and helped the victim put pressure on her wounds. Eddy is accused of leaving the scene, but three men chased him down and held him until police arrived.
Jane Doe was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, treated, and released.
Deputy District Attorney Keith Bogardus of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.