A 27-year-old woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend on a Banning street last Sunday made her initial court appearance Thursday and was assigned a public defender.

Salina Monica Ruiz of Banning is charged with assault resulting in great bodily injury and inflicting corporal injury on a domestic partner.

The defendant appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst, who set her bail at $50,000. A future hearing date was scheduled at the Banning Justice Center, and court clerks were expected to publish that date Thursday afternoon.

Ruiz is being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

According to Banning police, patrol officers were called to the 900 block of West Hays Street, just north of Interstate 10, about 11:40 a.m. Sunday to investigate reports of an assault and found Rigoberto Delgado suffering from a puncture wound to the chest.

The victim accused Ruiz of stabbing him, Banning police Chief Matt Hamner said. A specific motive was not disclosed.

Officers immediately fanned out and spotted the defendant in the 800 block of West Williams Street, about a block from where the alleged assault occurred, Hamner said. She was taken into custody without incident.

The victim was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs for treatment and is recovering, according to police.


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