A North Hollywood man could face life in prison after he was charged Wednesday with stabbing a 70-year-old good Samaritan who tried to help a security guard in a scuffle with the suspect’s girlfriend at a pricey Gelson’s market in the Valley Village area.
Richard Anthony Camacho, 24, pleaded not guilty to an attempted murder charge, which includes allegations that he used a knife as a deadly and dangerous weapon and inflicted great bodily injury.
Camacho is also charged along with his girlfriend, Emily Saado, 21, also of North Hollywood, with one count of attempted second-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The criminal complaint also alleges that Camacho was convicted in 2014 of unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle.
Camacho allegedly charged toward a loss prevention officer who was trying to detain Saado on suspicion of shoplifting Monday at the Gelson’s store in the 4700 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, then allegedly stabbed a 70-year- old man who intervened.
Camacho and Saado were arrested the same day by Los Angeles police.
Authorities said Wednesday they had no information on the victim’s condition.
The two are due back in a Van Nuys courtroom Dec. 8, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require them to stand trial.
Camacho could face a possible maximum life prison sentence if convicted as charged, while his girlfriend could face up to three years behind bars, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
–City News Service