16-year-old charged with attempted murder in store stabbing

A Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station sergeant radios information to responding deputies at the scene of a containment in Valencia Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017. (Austin Dave/The Signal)

One of four teens arrested in connection with the stabbing of a convenience store clerk during a robbery in Valencia Tuesday has been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of robbery.

The suspect, who cannot be named under state law and described only as a 16-year-old boy by prosecutors, was charged Thursday, Greg Risling, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

A male suspect is detained in connection with an earlier attempted murder in Valencia. (Austin Dave/The Signal)

“We filed charges against a 16-year-old boy, including one count of attempted murder, two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon,” Risling told The Signal Thursday.

“The teen is expected in Sylmar Juvenile Court tomorrow,” he said referring to Friday, Jan. 13.

Citing state law forbidding disclosure of details regarding the other three suspects, Risling said:

“State law dictates that information about juvenile court proceedings and records are confidential and shall not be made public because the rehabilitation and protection of minors outweighs the public’s right to know.”


An off-duty Los Angeles County Special Enforcement Bureau deputy secures the scene of a containment during a search for wanted suspects in Valencia on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017. (Austin Dave/The Signal)

On Wednesday, the day before the 16-year-old was formally charged with the four felony counts, at least two of the four teen boys arrested in connection with the same incident were transferred Wednesday to a secure juvenile detention facility in Sylmar.

The victim, a 38-year-old veteran and former policeman, was reported by his wife Wednesday to be recovering from surgery to mend several stab wounds.

The man was wounded in the early hours of Tuesday morning during a robbery at the Circle K store on McBean Parkway at Decoro Drive where he worked, having fought with robbers stealing beer and cigarettes.

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