A 50-year-old man accused of stabbing a Calimesa resident during a confrontation at the victim’s property pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder and other charges and dismissed his public defender.

Fernando Edward Garcia of Yucaipa, who was arrested Wednesday after the alleged attack in the 29000 block of San Timoteo Canyon Road, near Redlands Boulevard, is also charged with assault resulting in great bodily injury and child endangerment.

He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for May 30 at the Banning Justice Center.

Dugan appointed Garcia a public defender during his initial court appearance Friday, but the defendant informed the judge Monday that he intended to represent himself and did not want counsel. Dugan permitted him to continue “pro per” for the time being.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll, Garcia and the victim, identified in court documents only as “I.R.,” were arguing for undisclosed reasons when the defendant allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed him about 2:30 p.m. last Wednesday.

The assailant fled the scene as witnesses called 911, Carroll said.

He said deputies reached the location within a few minutes and found the victim in need of emergency treatment. He was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he underwent surgery, the sergeant said.

Deputies searched the premises and found Garcia, who was taken into custody without a struggle.

The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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