Mar 20, 2009 – BCN55:REDWOOD CITY: PRELIMINARY HEARING DATE SET FOR TEEN
A preliminary hearing date was set in San Mateo County Superior Court today for three teens charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing another teen they thought was a rival gang member.Vladmir Santos, 14, Victor Sanchez, 18, and Edgar Palomares, 19, remain in custody without bail in connection with the stabbing of a19-year-old man in Redwood City on Feb. 9, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 11.Santos is the youngest person to be charged as an adult in the county. He is believed to have stabbed the victim around 10 p.m. on Feb. 9 in order to earn credit in the Nortenos gang, and apparently thought the victim was a member of a rival gang, Wagstaffe said.Santos was with Sanchez and Palomares in the downtown area of Redwood City looking for a gang member to attack when they spotted their future victim, Wagstaffe said.The 19-year-old man had just left his job at Kmart and was walking to a nearby bus station to go home, according to Redwood City police Capt. Ron Matuszak.Santos, Sanchez and Palomares, who are all believed to be associated with the Norteno gang, directed their gang’s whistle at the
19-year-old man, Matuszak said.When the man did not whistle back, the suspects assumed he was a member of the Norteno’s rival gang the Surenos, according to Matuszak.Santos then allegedly took out a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times. Wagstaffe said the man appears to be an innocent victim who is not a gang member.The victim suffered a collapsed lung and stab wounds to the torso, hands and face. Wagstaffe said the victim is expected to survive.Police responded to the scene after two witnesses reported the attack. The suspects were arrested near the intersection of El Camino Real and James Avenue. As the victim was being loaded onto a stretcher with an oxygen mask around his face, Sanchez tried to kick him on the stretcher and screamed to the victim not to tell the police what happened, Wagstaffe said.Santos, Sanchez and Palomares pleaded not guilty to the charges Feb. 19.
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