A Canyon Country resident charged with attempted murder are due back in court at the end of next month for a preliminary hearing, according to a District Attorney’s Office spokesman.
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“There’s a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 28,” said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County D.A.
Daniel Constantino, 20, of Canyon Country, is being held on the one count. There is a gang allegation filed with the incident, which alleges that the crime was committed in furtherance of a street gang.
Detectives are accusing the two of being in a dark-colored, late-1990s Chevy Impala that parked alongside a car once the victim parked his vehicle outside the Canyon Crest apartments in Newhall around 8 p.m. that night.
After the car stopped, detectives believe Constantino confronted the victim at the driver’s side door of the victim’s vehicle.
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The victim, Manuel Cid, was then stabbed, according to a complaint filed by the District Attorney’s Office.
Constantino was arrested Sept. 27 at 3:45 p.m., and is being held at the Pitchess jail in lieu of $1,090,000 bail. There is a hold placed on his bail status by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, according to Sheriff’s Department arrest records.
At a preliminary hearing, a judge will decide if the evidence against them is substantial enough to merit a trial.
“(Assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder) are very close,” said Sgt. Dean Currie of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s COBRA unit. “The difference is intent. We’re going to go with attempted murder because of the severity of the injury.”
The Sheriff’s Station’s COBRA Unit, or Career Offenders Burglary Robbery Assault, is a team of detectives who investigate all juvenile and gang-related crime.
The suspect faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of the crime, and a special gang allegation could add up to 10 years to the sentences.
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Source: Santa Clarita News