San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Nelson Tolentino Who Allegedly Stabbed 13-Year-Old Boy Appears in Court

A 44-year-old man accused of an unprovoked stabbing that seriously injured a 13-year-old boy outside the Millbrae Public Library last week made his initial appearance in court Tuesday but did not enter a plea, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Nelson Tolentino, a South San Francisco resident who prosecutors said suffers serious mental health problems and has a history of drug arrests, allegedly stabbed the boy around 2:30 p.m. Friday as he stood in the front courtyard of the library at 1 Library Ave.

Without an apparent motive, Tolentino approached the teen and began to stab him with a 4-inch folding knife, San Mateo County sheriff’s officials said. The boy put up his arms to protect himself and suffered multiple stab and slash wounds, including a severed artery.

He ran into the library and was then taken to a hospital, where he required 200 stitches to close the wounds, prosecutors said. Tolentino remained in the courtyard and responding sheriff’s deputies quickly arrested him.

He has been charged with attempted murder and other offenses and will return to court on June 26 to possibly enter a plea. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Sean Dabel ruled that Tolentino must remain in custody on no bail status.

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