An 18-year-old man who allegedly stabbed and slashed his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend when they met to discuss their relationship is facing attempted murder and aggravated mayhem charges.

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Jason Scott Gustin of Azusa pleaded not guilty Thursday to the two felony counts stemming from the alleged Aug. 22 attack on the teen, who had broken up with him.

The charges include sentence-enhancing allegations that Gustin personally inflicted great bodily injury under circumstances involving domestic violence and that he personally used a knife during the commission of the crime.

The two reportedly met at Gustin’s behest to talk about their relationship, said Deputy District Attorney Presciliano Duran.

While sitting in a car in an unincorporated area near Arcadia, Gustin allegedly pulled out a knife, slashed his ex-girlfriend’s throat, began strangling her, then stabbed her in the back of the neck and along the entire length of her right thigh, according to the prosecutor.

The girl ran from the car to a nearby convalescent hospital to get help, and Gustin was located soon afterward in Arcadia and arrested, the prosecutor said.

Gustin — who is being held in lieu of $2 million bail — is due back in an Alhambra courtroom Oct. 12. If convicted as charged, he could face up to 20 years to life in state prison.

— City News Service

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