Three East Palo Alto residents were arraigned Thursday in San Mateo County Superior Court on charges related to the beating and stabbing of a man in front of his 13-year-old daughter, according to prosecutors.
The defendants, a married couple named Teresa Baez and Oscar Javier Juarez-Medrano, and a third man, Cristhian Eduardo Juarez-Medrano, are accused of attacking the man on Dec. 10 as he was leaving an apartment next to theirs on Cooley Street in East Palo Alto.
The victim was at the neighboring apartment with his daughter to baby-sit for his sister and her husband, who had gone out to a Christmas party that night, according to prosecutors.
When the sister and husband were returning later in the evening, one of the three defendants came out of his apartment and challenged the husband to a fight, prosecutors said.
The victim's sister and her husband ignored the man and went into their apartment.
When the victim and his daughter came out 15 minutes later to go home, the three defendants allegedly rushed out of their apartment to attack the man, apparently mistakenly thinking he was the man one of them had just challenged to a fight.
The trio allegedly beat the man as Baez was screaming that he had been told to leave, prosecutors said.
Cristhian Juarez-Medrano allegedly stabbed the man in the torso and head, piercing his brain.
The victim survived his wounds but could be permanently paralyzed on the right side of his body.
The three defendants were charged with attempted premeditated murder and could face seven years to life in prison if convicted, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
The defendants, in jail on $10 million bail each, are expected to enter pleas at their next court appearance, on Dec. 19.