A 32-year-old man who slashed a Riverside resident during a confrontation stemming from the defendant looking inside parked cars was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation.
Joshua M. Sweeten of Riverside earlier this month pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor assault under an agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors reduced the original charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.
Sweeten was arrested on Sept. 24 after the attack in the 5000 block of Lawndale Avenue, just west of Del Mar Way.
According to Riverside Police Department spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback, about 10:55 a.m. on Sept. 24, a man in a house on Lawndale Avenue looked outside and spotted Sweeten “peering into cars within the neighborhood.”
When Sweeten 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 name was not disclosed, on one of his arms, Railsback said..
Sweeten fled the location, and the victim’s father called 911, then went to his son’s aid.
Patrol officers converged on the area within a couple of minutes and quickly apprehended the assailant, according to Railsback.
“They were also able to locate the knife he 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 has recovered.
Sweeten has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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