Palm Springs Stabbing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

City News Service

PALM SPRINGS (CNS) – A 40-year-old man accused of stabbing a man and threatening to stab an ampm convenience store clerk pleaded not guilty Monday to related charges.

Christopher William Freitas of Palm Springs was arrested Wednesday when the Palm Springs Police Department received a report of a stabbing at 10:51 a.m. in the 1300 block of Vista Chino.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office on Monday charged Freitas with one felony count each of attempted murder and criminal threats of death or great bodily injury as well as a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a weapon.

Freitas appeared at the Larson Justice Center, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges and the case was scheduled for a felony settlement conference on Feb. 24. He remains held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

According to officials, Freitas approached his neighbor and an altercation ensued for unknown reasons. During the fight, he allegedly stabbed the neighbor, then fled the scene on foot.

While police were at the scene of the initial report, they received a call about a man with a knife matching Freitas’ description at an ampm store in the 1700 block of Vista Chino.

According to police, the suspect entered the store and began eating food. When asked to stop, he allegedly grabbed a pair of scissors and attempted to stab the store clerk. Patrons within the store allegedly restrained him and threw him out of the store, where police later found and arrested him.

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