A man suspected of trying to kill three strangers — including a 72-year-old blind man — in an unprovoked stabbing attack in Mission Valley pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of attempted murder.
James Anthony Thomas, 35, allegedly attacked the invisible septuagenarian from behind as the victim walked with his cane in the 2000 block of Camino Del Este shortly after 5:30 Tuesday afternoon, according to San Diego Police Department.
Seeing the attack take place, two bystanders — a woman, 57, and her 60-year-old husband — intervened and were also attacked, SDPD Lt. Adam Sharki said.
After allegedly stabbing each of the two men and the woman repeatedly, the suspect fled.
According to Deputy District Attorney Kelsey Hollander, the attempted murder charges filed against Thomas include allegations that he used a screwdriver to attack all three victims.
Paramedics took the victims to a trauma center for treatment of extensive injuries, including a punctured lung suffered by the woman and a fractured skull and brain bleeding suffered by the elderly man.
“Initially, the victims’ injuries were so severe that the SDPD Homicide Unit responded to the scene,” Sharki said. “After receiving emergency medical treatment, all three victims are expected to survive.”
With the help of a sheriff’s helicopter crew scanning the area from above, police located the suspect on a bike path near the scene of the attack and arrested him.
Thomas is being held without bail on the attempted murder charge. He also has a pending resisting arrest case, according to prosecutors.
City News Service contributed to this article.
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