Updated: Accused Rossmoor Stabber Charged with Attempted Murder

James Anthony Rivas, 18, faces arraignment on multiple felony charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery.

An 18-year-old Rossmoor resident accused of trying to kill a female jogger by stabbing her multiple times was charged with attempted murder today.

James Anthony Rivas faces one count each of attempted murder, assault with a
deadly weapon, mayhem and attempted second-degree robbery, with sentence-enhancing allegations of attempted premeditated murder and inflicting great bodily harm, according to court records.

At Rivas' initial court appearance this afternoon, Orange County Superior Court Judge John Adams doubled the defendant's bail to $1 million bail. His arraignment was rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 5., W-1 West Justice Center, Westminster.

If convicted, Rivas faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison.

Rivas was arrested by Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies, as he was leaving his home at about 7:45 p.m. on Friday, two days after the attack in the 3200 block of Bostonian Drive.

At about 9 p.m. Oct. 23, Rivas allegedly approached a 27-year-old Jane Doe, who was jogging through a residential neighborhood in Rossmoor, according to the D.A.

Rivas then allegedly snuck up behind Doe, grabbed her and stabbed her several times with a knife, cutting her face, back, arm and hand.

After Doe knocked the knife out of his hand, Rivas allegedly picked the knife up again and chased Doe and continued to stab her.

Rivas is also accused of fleeing the scene after a neighbor heard screaming and came outside.

Doe was taken to the hospital, treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

Interviews with area residents led investigators to Rivas, who fit the description provided by the victim and was known to ride a BMX bike and carry knives, said Gail Krause of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Rivas, who lives about three blocks from where the assault happened at 9:11 p.m. Tuesday, ran away from sheriff's deputies Thursday night, but they quickly took him into custody, Krause said.

Investigators found a knife nearby that will be analyzed at the Orange County Crime Lab, she said.

Upon hearing her screaming, a resident of the community rushed outside, and the assailant fled on a BMX bicycle, according to Jim Amormino with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

“He made no attempt to sexually assault her,” Amormino said, “and he didn't say one word. She said he looked angry.”

--City News Service contributed to this story.

I4anEye November 01, 2012 at 11:44 PM
this isnt f**ken history class dipsh*t. so what if he was a troubled kid..doesn't make it okay for the p.o.s. to go around stabbing innocent people. he was probably just some smoked out drug addicted loser who preyed on unexpecting females.cuz guaranteed he wouldn't have tried that on a some gang banger in the hood somewhere...that kid wouldn't make it out alive if they threw him out onto the streets. he deserves to be in prison for life..Idont care how "troubled" of a kid he is...looks like trouble is what he was lookin for..now he's got a life long sentence of it.
Mike November 09, 2012 at 06:29 AM
14anEye you sound like a little HITLER, is your MOTHER MRS HITLER.
Nelson Mejia December 20, 2012 at 05:26 PM
@@ The people that say "Was he in a gang" or "his gang banging ways" : He was not in a Gang he was just Crazy i guess. Just because Hes Not White you people Assume hes in a Gang even though he lived in ROSSMOOR!!!! Just because Hes Mexican
Nelson Mejia December 20, 2012 at 05:28 PM
AND to the People that call him "UN-AMERICAN" ; He was born here and didnt Even Speak a word of Spanish. He is as American as You
Nelson Mejia December 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
And how is he Un-American? He doesnt know a Word of Spanish and was born here.


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