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September 26, 2018: Man Admits to Attempted Murder of Elderly Woman in Random Knife Attack

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A man admitted today to trying to kill an elderly woman with a knife in a random and unprovoked attack, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Christian James (dob 4/3/92) of Los Angeles pleaded no contest to premeditated attempted murder in a negotiated plea agreement. He also admitted allegations of causing great bodily injury, using a deadly and dangerous weapon, and attacking a person over the age of 65.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jose I. Sandoval immediately sentenced James to seven years to life in state prison.

At about 11:30 a.m. on May 24, 2017, James approached a pedestrian who he didn’t know on a walkway near Vermont Avenue and West 20th Street in Los Angeles’ Pico-Union neighborhood. Walking up to the 75-year-old victim from behind, he stabbed her 14 times in the face, neck and hands with a 2½-inch blade as she tried to protect herself, according to court testimony.

James fled the scene but was arrested shortly after with the help of a description from witnesses.

Deputy District Attorney Scott Dominguez of the Elder Abuse Section prosecuted case BA457680.

Los Angeles Police Department, Olympic Division, investigated the case.