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Man pleads not guilty in stabbing

August 20, 2008|Paloma Esquivel

A 49-year-old transient who allegedly stabbed a 14-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony assault charges.

David Edward Eddy, 49, is charged with a single felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, one felony count of possession of a deadly weapon and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury, prosecutors said.

Eddy also faces a three-strikes sentencing enhancement that could land him in prison for 28 years to life. He was convicted in a 1992 burglary in San Francisco and of aggravated assault in 1984 in Los Angeles County.

The girl, who recounted her story at the Orange County Sheriff's Department headquarters Monday, said she had just left the Bagel Me shop on Santiago Boulevard on Saturday and was walking up the street with her friend when they were approached by a man who stabbed the 14-year-old twice on her right side below the armpit, police said.

Three men at a nearby gas station chased the man down after he was identified by the girl's friend and held him until police arrived.

The girl was taken to a hospital, treated and released Sunday.

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