Cuberto Macias (Booking Photo)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– A Highland man was sentenced Wednesday to state prison for a 2014 knife attack that occurred in Downtown Redlands.
San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Harold Wilson sentenced 34-year-old Cudberto Macias to 12 years in state prison.
In May 2016, a San Bernardino jury convicted Macias of Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury and also found true an allegation that Macias inflicted great bodily injury in the commission of the assault—making this conviction a strike.
This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Nelson Ng.
STATEMENT OF FACTS
In Nov. 2014, the 21-year-old victim and his date had been walking together in downtown Redlands, headed to a nearby bank, when the defendant walked past them and bumped into the victim.
“The defendant turned around and started yelling at the victim,” said Ng. “The couple tried to ignore the defendant, but he wouldn’t let it go. At some point, the defendant swung at the victim from behind, hitting him in the nose.”
With blood gushing from his nose, the victim defended himself from the defendant’s attack by fighting back. Fortunately, for the victim’s sake, he was able to grab hold of the defendant’s hoodie and swing him to the ground.
The victim’s female companion hollered for help and dialed 911. Eventually, a Good Samaritan came to the victim’s assistance, and together they were able to restrain the defendant until police arrived.
According to Ng, during the investigation, police officers located a knife near the location of the fight. The victim then discovered he was bleeding from a puncture wound in his lower back.
The Redlands Police Department was the investigating agency.