Arraignment delayed in church ice-pick stabbing

| September 26, 2010

The arraignment of a Yorba Linda woman charged with stabbing her ex-boyfriend and roommate with an ice pick after hiding in the back seat of his car has been delayed.

Elizabeth Cuevas Villanueva, 47, is expected to return to court Nov. 4 to face one felony count each of attempted murder and domestic battery with corporal injury with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon.

If convicted, Villanueva faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison.

She is being held at the Orange County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

The incident occurred Monday night at the Messiah Lutheran Church parking lot in the 4800 block of Liverpool Street, where Villanueva's ex-boyfriend had been attending a community group meeting.

Villanueva is accused of hiding in the back seat of her ex-boyfriend's 2006 Mercedes Benz convertible and waiting for him, said Brea police Sgt. Bill Smyser.

When the church meeting ended, the 48-year-old victim got into his convertible and began to leave. Villanueva is accused of stabbing him multiple times in the head and shoulders with an ice pick, Smyser said.

During the struggle, the victim accidently stepped on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake and slammed into a tree, Smyser said. The victim was able to get out of the car and run, he said.

Villanueva ran from the scene but was detained by officers near Abbey Lane and Liverpool Street. The weapon was recovered near the scene.

The victim was taken to a hospital suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

Villanueva and the victim lived together although they ended their dating relationship four months before the incident occurred, Smyser said.

The motive for the attack was unknown.

 

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