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Menlo Park man heads to trial on attempted murder charge

 

A Menlo Park resident accused of attempted murder will get a jury trial beginning on June 17 following his May 10 arraignment in Superior Court, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Roberto Gonzalez, 28, was also charged with felony assault with a knife and felony assault, and pleaded not guilty to all charges at the arraignment, Wagstaffe said.

He allegedly attacked a man in a homeless camp in Menlo Park on Aug. 28 with two knives, accusing him of killing his brother, according to a Menlo Park Police Department report.

A witness tried to intervene but ran away when he saw the knives.

The victim of the attack was able to get away and found a parked ambulance and reported the incident. He was taken to Stanford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and was treated and released.

The case has been continued six times because Gonzalez's attorney asked for more time to prepare, Wagstaffe said.

Gonzalez is being held on $100,000 bail in San Mateo County Jail.

He could face a maximum of 14 years in state prison if convicted on the attempted murder charge, Wagstaffe said.

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