A 39-year-old man from Sonora, Mexico has been charged with
attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a 19-year-old teenager near the
Third Street Promenade on Aug. 13, 2012.
Francisco Leon-Urbalexo is suspected of randomly stabbing the male teen at 6:20 pm, minutes after the victim and his girlfriend had left a
restaurant in the 300 block of Santa Monica Boulevard and were walking
eastbound towards 4th Street.
The victim was hospitalized with moderate injuries and the
suspect fled the crime scene.
During the subsequent investigation, SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis
said the suspect was identified by DNA through evidence left at the crime
“Shortly after the crime, Leon-Urbalexo traveled to Yuma,
Arizona, was detained and later arrested by authorities for illegal entry into
the United States,” Lewis said. “He is currently in the custody of the United
States Marshall, serving a 10 month sentence.”
Investigators from Santa Monica presented the case to the Los Angeles County
District Attorney's Office, who filed charges of attempted murder, hate crime,
and assault with a deadly weapon.
Lewis said Leon-Urbalexo will be extradited to Santa Monica
to be arraigned on the above charges after he completes his sentence with the
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Chad Goodwin
at 310.458.8942 or Sergeant Ira Rutan at 310.458.8959 or the Santa Monica Police
Department (24 hours) at 310.458.8495.
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