Santa Monica Authorities File Attempted Murder Charge In Teen Stabbing Case

Thursday, 21 Feb 2013, 5:11:00 PM

Brenton Garen

Francisco Leon-Urbalexo, 39, has been charged with attempted murder, hate crime, and assault with a deadly weapon after he left DNA at a crime scene where a 19-year-old teenager was stabbed.
Courtesy Of SMPD
Francisco Leon-Urbalexo, 39, has been charged with attempted murder, hate crime, and assault with a deadly weapon after he left DNA at a crime scene where a 19-year-old teenager was stabbed.

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

scene.  

“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

U.S. Marshall.

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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