|For Immediate Release
Case # 10NF2690
October 16, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
WOMAN SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS IN PRISON FOR STABBING EX-BOYFRIEND WITH AN ICE PICK AFTER HIDING IN THE BACK SEAT OF HIS CAR
FULLERTON – A woman was sentenced to 17 years in state prison today for stabbing her ex-boyfriend with an ice pick after hiding in the back seat of his car and attacking him from behind. Elizabeth Cuevas Villanueva, 49, Yorba Linda, pleaded guilty to one felony count of attempted murder with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon, one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and two felony counts each of aggravated assault.
At approximately 9:40 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2010, Villanueva is accused of hiding with an ice pick in the back seat of her ex-boyfriend’s Mercedes-Benz in the parking lot of Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda. When the victim, John Doe, returned to his car and began to leave, Villanueva attacked him from behind inside the vehicle and stabbed him multiple times in the head and shoulders.
After unintentionally crashing into a tree while trying to put his car in park, John Doe was able to escape from the vehicle. Villanueva fled the scene on foot. Two Good Samaritans chased Villanueva as she was fleeing. Villanueva threatened she was armed with a gun and lunged at them with her ice pick. The Good Samaritans were able to subdue the defendant until Brea Police Department officers arrived. One of the Good Samaritans was treated for minor cuts related to the assault.
John Doe was transported to the hospital to be treated for non-fatal stab wounds.
Deputy District Attorney Sandra Nassar of the Family Protection Unit prosecuted this case.