Five alleged gang members were charged Monday with attempting to murder and carjack a pregnant woman in Sunland last week.
Christian Reyes, 20, Andrew Bran, 19, Jesus Morales, 18, Christina Luna, 24, and Monica Gomez, 25, are scheduled to be arraigned sometime Monday afternoon at the San Fernando courthouse.
They are facing one count each of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, carjacking, second-degree robbery and hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage, a misdemeanor. The criminal complaint includes a gang allegation.
Reyes also faces one count of aggravated mayhem and an allegation that he personally used a knife as a deadly weapon.
The 33-year-old victim was parking her vehicle outside her home in the 10800 block of Eldora Avenue about 6 p.m. March 20 when Reyes, Bran and Morales allegedly ambushed her, according to police and prosecutors. The assailants asked for her phone and decided to take the car when they didn’t get it, authorities said.
Reyes allegedly stabbed her multiple times before the men drove off in her car, crashing into parked vehicles as they fled the scene. Luna and Gomez were allegedly waiting nearby in a getaway vehicle.
The woman, who was 12 weeks pregnant, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but reported to be in stable condition the next day. Authorities said she was stabbed in the chest and her husband told reporters that she also had defensive wounds.
“She’s got 10 punctures from stabbing, one of which went all the way through the nose,” her husband, Greg Maga, said shortly after the attack. “Because she’s pregnant, she tried to protect herself from the stabbing, she used her hand, so she has a lot of stabs on her hand. … We don’t know yet about the baby.”
No update on the condition of the woman or her child was immediately available.
KTLA reported that the victim underwent surgery and referenced a GoFundMe page identifying her as a first-grade teacher. Maga told the station that the attack was captured on the couple’s home surveillance system.
Prosecutors plan to ask for bail of $1.9 million for Reyes and $1.4 million for the other four defendants. If convicted as charged, they each face a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
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