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Church knife attack ends in arrest

Fight takes place as students are gathered in multipurpose room for school testing

Posted: April 28, 2009 10:42 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.
A knife attack at a Saugus church sent one local teenage boy to the hospital and another teenage boy away in the custody of sheriff's deputies Tuesday morning, a sheriff's spokesman said.

A 17-year-old male student at Mission View Public School allegedly slashed a 16-year-old fellow student in the multipurpose room at the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church on Bouquet Canyon Road, said Lt. Mark Hershey of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Mission View School, a Santa Clarita charter school, was using the Saugus church's multipurpose room at about 9:45 a.m. for standardized testing.

During the testing, the suspect and the victim got into an altercation. The suspect, with a knife in hand, swung at the victim and slashed the 16-year-old across the head.

The attack was swift and many of the other students never heard or saw the commotion, Brown said. The students continued with their scheduled tests after the incident was over, he said.

The victim was treated at the church by L.A. County firefighters/paramedics, then taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He was released from the hospital with what was described as a minor injury that didn't require stitches, Brown said.

After the slashing, the suspect fled on foot south on Bouquet Canyon Road into the parking lot of the Bouquet Center shopping mall, Hershey said.

As the suspect ran, he allegedly discarded his knife in the Wendy's parking lot in the shopping center. Deputies tracked down the teen in the Bouquet Center shopping mall at 10:30 a.m., he said.

Deputies arrested the suspect and took him to the Sheriff's Station, where he was booked on a charge of attempted murder. The suspect will be held at the Sylmar Juvenile Hall without bail pending future court appearances.


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