Man Charged with Trying to Kill Corona Gym Patron with Hatchet, Knife

City News Service Pristine Villarreal

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A 30-year-old man accused of attacking a Corona fitness club patron with a hatchet and knife, injuring the victim until he was able to overpower the defendant, was charged Thursday with attempted murder and other felonies.

Ronald Vikash Chand of Santa Ana was arrested Tuesday inside the Planet Fitness at 3685 Grand Oaks, near Cajalco Road.

Along with attempted murder, Chand is charged with assault with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily injury and vandalism.

The defendant, who is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, was slated to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to the Corona Police Department, a 41-year-old Riverside man, whose name was not released, was in the fitness club parking lot when Chand confronted him shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, wielding a hatchet and knife.

Without provocation, the defendant allegedly struck the victim with the hatchet and stabbed him with the knife, resulting in “stab wounds to the upper body,” prompting the man to retreat into the Planet Fitness, police Sgt. Jason Waldon said.

“While inside, Chand held the victim at knifepoint for a short period before being taken to the ground by the victim and was disarmed and detained with the assistance of bystanders,” Waldon said.

He said gym employees called 911, and patrol officers reached the location minutes later, taking Chand into custody without further incident.

“The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non- life-threatening injuries and has since been released.,” the sergeant said.

Chand suffered an unspecified minor injury and was also treated before being booked into jail, according to Waldon.

A possible motive for the attack remains unknown.

Chand has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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