A 31-year-old transient is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in a Santa Ana courtroom on charges of stabbing a man in the back before carjacking the victim’s vehicle in Laguna Hills.
St. Sterling Nathaniel Davis was charged 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 is accused of approaching the victim about 7 a.m. Wednesday at 23181 Verdugo Drive, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Davis asked the man for a ride in a parking lot and after the man rebuffed him, Davis allegedly stabbed him multiple times in the back before taking the man’s 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, Braun said.
The victim was taken to an area hospital, but was expected to survive, Braun said.
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