A convicted felon who allegedly stabbed an 81-year-old Banning man during an attack at the victim’s home was charged Tuesday with attempted murder and other offenses.
Freddy Armando Ochoa, 27, of Banning was arrested Friday after the alleged assault in the 400 block of Drury Lane, near Nicolet Street.
Along with attempted murder, Ochoa is charged with attempted escape of law enforcement custody and sentence-enhancing deadly weapon and great bodily injury allegations.
He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Oct. 28 at the Banning Justice Center.
The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the nearby Smith Correctional Facility.
According to Banning police spokeswoman Sol Avila, about 10 a.m. Friday, Ochoa was involved in an unspecified confrontation with the victim, identified in court documents as Larry Newsom, at the Drury Lane residence.
Ochoa allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed the senior in the upper body several times, investigators said.
Witnesses called 911, and patrol officers reached the location within a few minutes, finding Newsom outside the residence, bleeding, according to Avila.
“The victim was transported to a local hospital for additional medical treatment,” she said. “The victim’s injuries were not life threatening.”
Officers immediately confirmed that Ochoa was the alleged assailant and went looking for him, Avila said.
She said he was spotted moments later and taken into custody. However, “while preparing to transport Ochoa to jail for the booking process, Ochoa attempted several times to escape custody by running away from officers,” according to the police spokeswoman.
The defendant was ultimately booked without further incident.
According to court records, he has a prior conviction for robbery.