A 24-year-old man accused of assaulting a romantic rival with two other men, one of whom allegedly stabbed the victim outside a Palm Springs nightclub must stand trial on felony charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Aaron Medina-Galaviz of Palm Desert was arrested about five months after the assault reported on May 18, 2018 outside Zelda’s Nightclub, located at 611. S. Palm Canyon Drive.
Following a preliminary hearing at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Dean Benjamini found prosecutors presented sufficient evidence for the defendant to proceed to trial on one felony count each of aggravated battery and assault causing great bodily injury.
Benjamini kept the defendant’s bail at $50,000 and scheduled a post- preliminary hearing arraignment for March 25. Medina-Galaviz remains out of custody.
Palm Springs Police Department Officer Johnathan Mosley testified that the victim reported he was approached inside the nightclub by the defendant while the victim was speaking to a woman. The woman said the man was her “baby daddy.” The defendant than began pushing the victim until club security separated them, Mosley said.
Outside the club sometime later, the defendant and two other men allegedly approached the victim and began punching him. Once the victim fell to the ground, the men allegedly began punching and kicking him. One of the men — who authorities said was not Medina-Galaviz — allegedly stabbed the victim.
The victim “partially blocked the stabbing motion, but he sustained a small puncture,” according to court papers.
The victim was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs for treatment of facial injuries.
Court papers show Medina-Galaviz is the ex-husband of the woman involved. The defendant was identified by witnesses and charged in October 2018. The other two suspects were never identified.
Medina-Galaviz has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County, but does have an unresolved misdemeanor case involving allegations that he was in possession of a loaded firearm in which he was not the registered owner.