A 31-year-old transient’s arraignment was rescheduled until February Friday in a Santa Ana courtroom on charges of stabbing a man in the back and carjacking his vehicle in Laguna Hills.
St. Sterling Nathaniel Davis was charged Thursday with attempted murder and carjacking, both felonies, and a misdemeanor count of driving without a valid driver’s license. Davis also faces sentencing enhancements for attempted premeditated murder, inflicting great bodily injury on the victim and the personal use of a deadly weapon.
Davis allegedly approached the victim for a ride about 7 a.m. Wednesday in a parking lot at 23181 Verdugo Drive, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
When the man rebuffed him, Davis allegedly stabbed him multiple times in the back and took his car, Braun said.
The transient did not get far, as he crashed into an embankment about 50 yards away, Braun said.
A witness called 911 and deputies arrested the suspect, she said.
The victim was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive, she said.
Davis was ordered on Friday to return for his arraignment on Feb. 21 in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana. He was ordered held on $500,000 bail.
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