A 29-year-old convicted felon was charged Wednesday with a knife attack on a woman, man and three children in Santa Ana on Halloween.
Melissa Castro is charged with three counts of assault with deadly weapon and corporal injury to a child, all felonies, and faces a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. She pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and was ordered to return to court Nov. 10 for a pretrial hearing in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, according to court records.
Castro, who also goes by the name Toni Vergara, pleaded guilty in August 2020 to assault with a deadly weapon. She was sentenced to 340 days in jail, but violated probation and was sentenced in September 2020 to two years in prison, according to court records.
Further details of the alleged attack were not immediately available. Police and prosecutors did not immediately respond to requests for details.