Felony charges are expected to be filed Tuesday against a 32-year-old man suspected of slashing a Riverside resident who confronted him after catching the suspect looking inside parked cars.
Joshua Sweeten of Riverside was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Jail on Friday on suspicion of assault resulting in great bodily injury, battery and making criminal threats. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
According to Riverside police spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback, about 10:55 a.m. Friday, a man at a house in the 5000 block of Lawndale Avenue, just west of Del Mar Way, looked outside and spotted Sweeten “peering into cars within the neighborhood.”
When the suspect looked inside the resident’s car, the man confronted him, Railsback said.
A fight ensued, during which Sweeten pulled a knife and slashed the victim, whose identity was not disclosed, on one of his arms, the police spokesman alleged.
He said that Sweeten fled the location, and the victim’s father called 911, then went to his son’s aid.
Officers converged on the area within a couple of minutes and quickly apprehended the suspect, according to Railsback.
“They were also able to locate the knife the suspect used during the attack,” Railsback said.
The victim was taken to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment of the non-life-threatening wound, from which he’s recovering.
Background information on the suspect was not available.